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.
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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
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FORMS AND DOCUMENTS
- GP waiting room poster
- Patient Information Statement PDF, 139.06 KB
- GP Information Statement PDF, 128.5 KB
- GP Consent form PDF, 861.94 KB
- GP Data Sharing Agreement - Summary
- Researcher Data Access Application Form
- Research Data Access Flowchart
- VicReN Membership form (membership is free)
- Data for Decisions Protocol Document
- Data Governance Framework
- Data Governance Committee Terms of Reference