Development and pilot study of the Primary Care Practice Improvement Tool (PC-PIT): an innovative approach

Crossland, Lisa, Janamian, Tina, Sheenan, Mary, Siskind, Victor, Hepworth, Julie and Jackson, Claire L. (2014) Development and pilot study of the Primary Care Practice Improvement Tool (PC-PIT): an innovative approach. Medical Journal of Australia, 201 Supp. 3: S52-S55. doi:10.5694/mja14.00262

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Author Crossland, Lisa
Janamian, Tina
Sheenan, Mary
Siskind, Victor
Hepworth, Julie
Jackson, Claire L.
Title Development and pilot study of the Primary Care Practice Improvement Tool (PC-PIT): an innovative approach
Journal name Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
Publication date 2014-07-21
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5694/mja14.00262
Open Access Status
Volume 201
Issue Supp. 3
Start page S52
End page S55
Total pages 4
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: To assess the usability and validity of the Primary Care Practice Improvement Tool (PC-PIT), a practice performance improvement tool based on 13 key elements identified by a systematic review. It was co-created with a range of partners and designed specifically for primary health care.

Design: This pilot study examined the PC-PIT using a formative assessment framework and mixed-methods research design.

Setting and participants: Six high-functioning general practices in Queensland, Australia, between February and July 2013. A total of 28 staff participated — 10 general practitioners, six practice or community nurses, 12 administrators (four practice managers; one business manager and eight reception or general administrative staff).

Main outcome measures: Readability, content validity and staff perceptions of the PC-PIT.

Results: The PC-PIT offers an appropriate and acceptable approach to internal quality improvement in general practice. Quantitative assessment scores and qualitative data from all staff identified two areas in which the PC-PIT required modification: a reduction in the indicative reading age, and simplification of governance-related terms and concepts.

Conclusion: The PC-PIT provides an innovative approach to address the complexity of organisational improvement in general practice and primary health care. This initial validation will be used to develop a suite of supporting, high-quality and free-to-access resources to enhance the use of the PC-PIT in general practice. Based on these findings, a national trial is now underway.
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Additional Notes Also known as "The Primary Care Practice Improvement Tool (PC-PIT): a pilot study of an innovative approach".

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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