Data for Decisions, incorporating the Patron program of research, is a University of Melbourne, Department of General Practice research initiative in partnership with general practices in Australia. It is an exciting undertaking that makes possible primary care research projects to increase knowledge and improve healthcare practices and policy. The partnership aims to bring benefit to general practices as well as the wider community.
Explore the 'Communities & Data Use' tab for more information for GPs and Practice Managers, Researchers, and Consumers.
Check out our open access article - Gathering Data for Decisions - in the Medical Journal of Australia.
Rachel Canaway, Douglas IR Boyle, Jo‐Anne E Manski‐Nankervis, Jessica Bell, Jane S Hocking, Ken Clarke, Malcolm Clark, Jane M Gunn and Jon D EmeryMed J Aust 2019; 210 (6): S12-S16. || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50026
Data for Decisions 3 minute promotional video
Listen to the full audio (43 minutes) discussion about Data for Decisions to be fully informed (filmed April 2018).
Data for Decisions 15 minute information video
Using data to expand knowledge
Data for Decisions focuses on the use of de-identified data from general practice medical records to expand knowledge and ultimately promote service and population health improvements. Every research project that accesses the data stored in the Patron primary care data repository does so only after meeting rigorous data governance and ethics requirements. Each project using Patron data is described below, and each research group will provide a reader-friendly summary of their findings, and list of resulting publications, when available.
Projects approved to use Patron data
Defining the burden of antimicrobial prescribing in primary care attributable to sore throat
- Principal Investigator: Professor Jodie McVernon - Doherty Institute
- The aim is to measure the relative frequency of upper respiratory tract infections and sore throat presentations and frequency of GP antibiotic prescribing for these patients.
- The bacterium Group A Streptococcus (GAS) commonly causes 'sore throat', particularly among children. The infection is treatable with antibiotics. Some GPs frequently prescribe antibiotics for upper respiratory tract infections, but as many are caused by viruses, antibiotics are ineffective. Misuse and unnecessary prescription of antibiotics has contributed to a rise in bacterial resistance. Better understanding of GP antibiotic prescribing behaviour is needed.
- This project will inform strategies to improve prescribing practices. The information gained could provide an estimate of costs likely to be saved by a potential GAS vaccine and provide evidence to support its development.
- Ethics approval - The University of Melbourne
Meeting national targets and indicators to reduce mortality from chronic illness through general practice
- Principal Investigator: Dr Kevin McNamara - Deakin University
- The aim is to develop and investigate the feasibility, sustainability and impact of a quality improvement initiative in primary care, in collaboration with patients and practitioners; and to determine its overall impact on cardiovascular health outcomes for key groups.
- This study looks at changes to general practice performance for cardiovascular disease risk screening before, during, and after the implementation of a patient-centred quality improvement initiative in a large general practice.
- The researchers will work with The University of Melbourne to develop data coding to support future studies and quality improvement initiatives that utilise Patron data.
- Ethics approval - Deakin University
GP-NAPS: The feasibility of passive audit of antibiotic prescribing in general practice
- Principal Investigator: Dr Jo-Anne Manski-Nankervis - The University of Melbourne
- GPs provide nearly 9 out of 10 prescriptions for antibiotics. A high rate of this antibiotic prescribing does not comply with Therapeutic Guidelines. This means that many antibiotic prescriptions are inappropriate, which is a problem given the global increase in antibiotic resistant bacteria.
- This project is determining the feasibility of a passive GP National Antibiotic Prescribing Survey (NAPS) rather than using onsite auditing of patient files. This would form a key component of a quality improvement activity to optimize appropriate antibiotic prescribing in general practice.
- Ethics approval - The University of Melbourne
We thank each and every primary care practice that is partnering with Data for Decisions. Some practices wish to remain anonymous and some wish to be named.*
- Campaspe Family Practice, 2-25 Caroline Chisholm Drive, Kyneton 3444 www.campaspefp.com.au
- Charlton Medical, 2 Learmonth Street, Charlton, Vic 3525 Phone: 03 5477 6888
- Churinga Medical Centre, 465 Mt Dandenong Road, Kilsyth, Vic 3137, Phone: 03 9722 9888
- Donald Family Clinic, 7 McCraken Avenue, Donald, Vic 3480, Phone: 03 5497 1100
- Peak Medical gpc, Hoppers Crossing Shopping Centre, 50 Old Geelong Rd, Hopper Crossing, Vic 3029, Phone: 03 9020 2600
- Rochdale Medical Centre, 1A Rochdale Square, Lalor, Vic 3075, Phone: 03 9706 5168
- The University of Melbourne Shepparton Medical Centre, https://shepmed.unimelb.edu.au/home
- Toorak Medical Centre, 89-100 Mathoura Road, Toorak 3142 www.toorakmedicalcentre.com.au
- William Street Clinic, Suite 1, 181 William Street, Melbourne, Vic 3000 www.williamstreetclinic.com.au
If you are part of a general practice interested in becoming a Data for Decisions partner, please contact us.
* We have a new consent form that lets practices choose to be acknowledged here. If you are a practice partnering in Data for Decisions since 2018 and you would like to be named here, please contact us.
Collaboration and Network Manager - Research
Department of General Practice
The University of Melbourne
200 Berkeley Street, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
Telephone: +61 3 8344 7276
Facsimile: +61 3 9347 6136
Or follow the link to complete the enquiry form
FORMS AND DOCUMENTS
- General Practice waiting room poster
- Patient Information Statement PDF, 139.06 KB
- GP Information Statement PDF, 128.5 KB
- General Practice Consent form PDF, 861.94 KB
- Consent for Practices to be acknowledged on this website (NEW)
- General Practice Data Sharing Agreement - Summary
- VicReN Membership form (membership is free)
- Data Governance Committee Terms of Reference
- Data Governance Framework (NEW)
- Data Governance Committee Member Expression of Interest (NEW! EOI close 1 April 2019)
- Data for Decisions Protocol Document