Who knows they have a treatment plan?

Ozolins, Ieva Z., Donald, Maria, Mutch, Allyson J., Crowther, Ruth E. and Begum, Nelufa (2010) Who knows they have a treatment plan?. Australasian Medical Journal, 1 2: 153-159. doi:10.4066/AMJ.2010.197

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Author Ozolins, Ieva Z.
Donald, Maria
Mutch, Allyson J.
Crowther, Ruth E.
Begum, Nelufa
Title Who knows they have a treatment plan?
Journal name Australasian Medical Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1836-1935
Publication date 2010-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.4066/AMJ.2010.197
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 1
Issue 2
Start page 153
End page 159
Total pages 7
Place of publication Perth, W.A., Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Journal
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Guidelines for the effective care of chronic and complex conditions increasingly recommend developing treatment plans in collaboration with patients as one strategy in a coordinated approach to management. We examined the socio-demographic characteristics associated with the development of treatment plans for patients with asthma, diabetes or a cardiovascular condition to establish what proportion of patients with these conditions recalled being consulted in the plan’s preparation.

Serial, cross-sectional population based surveys using computer assisted telephone interviews (CATI) with 2,296 randomly selected adult participants with asthma, diabetes or a cardiovascular condition living in Queensland in 2006 and 2,203 adults with these
conditions in 2008.


The proportion of patients with asthma, diabetes or a cardiovascular condition aware of having a treatment plan for their chronic condition increased almost twofold
between 2006 and 2008. Approximately half the respondents did not recall being asked for their input into the plan. Patients with a cardiovascular condition, older patients, and early school leavers were less likely to recall having a treatment plan. There were some variations when each condition was examined separately.


Overall, the use of treatment plans and engagement of patients in their development remains low, particularly in those subgroups of the community who are most likely to benefit.
Keyword Care plans
Cardiovascular disease
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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