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Improving the patient journey for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with heart disease

 

Overview

This research project aims to determine the effectiveness of implementing a patient journey mapping tool to deliver better care, and to improve outcomes for Indigenous Australians presenting with acute heart failure (AHF) in the Northern Territory (NT) and South Australia (SA).

The initial stage of the project involved trialling the mapping tools with Indigenous cardiac patients across multiple health care sites in Darwin, Alice Springs and Adelaide. Health professionals found the mapping process helpful in identifying specific communication and coordination gaps, from first presentation to cardiac rehabilitation.

The project will work closely with cardiac care coordinators and services in the Northern Territory, and the mapping process will be used to identify existing gaps and enablers, and strategies to improve continuity of care. This will assist directly with service planning and priority setting within and across NT and SA.

Abstract adapted from Menzies School of Health Research

Contacts

Dr Marcus Ilton
Cardiologist
Royal Darwin Hospital
Menzies School of Health Research
John Matthews Building
Royal Darwin Hospital
PO Box 41096
Casuarina NT 0811
Ph: (08) 8922 8196
Fax: (08) 8927 5187
Email: info@menzies.edu.au

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Last updated: 18 November 2013
 
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