Community health and medical practitioners scheme: Providers evaluate a pilot program of integration of services

Saltman D.C., Sengoz A., Spencer-Herrera L., Needham L. and Whittington V. (1993) Community health and medical practitioners scheme: Providers evaluate a pilot program of integration of services. Medical Journal of Australia, 159 4: 246-248.

Author Saltman D.C.
Sengoz A.
Spencer-Herrera L.
Needham L.
Whittington V.
Title Community health and medical practitioners scheme: Providers evaluate a pilot program of integration of services
Journal name Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
Publication date 1993-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 159
Issue 4
Start page 246
End page 248
Total pages 3
Language eng
Subject 2700 Medicine
Abstract Objective: To set up and evaluate a pilot scheme integrating salaried community health centre staff and fee-for-service medical practitioner services (CHAMPS). Design: Preliminary interviews with both groups established the aims, logistics and financial arrangements of the project. The community health centre provided staff and the general practitioners provided premises and administrative services. Follow-up interviews evaluated the scheme and made recommendations. Setting: A New South Wales country town, population 24 000, with 25 general practitioners and 23 community health centre professionals. Results: Six general practitioners and 23 community health professionals determined the aims to be: improved access for patients to community health services; improved liaison between the two groups of providers; and a broadening of services offered at general practice locations. Two dietitians and three mental health workers were rostered for half a day per week in four general practices for six months. The dietitians continued after the project finished, but the mental health workers did not. The five community health staff, five of the general practitioners originally interviewed and six other general practitioner participants cited the major benefits as increased communication between providers and improved access for patients, and the major difficulties as lack of appropriate equipment and organisational logistics. Conclusions: The providers believe that the project succeeded in improving access to community health services and liaison between professionals. For future projects they recommended better communication, firmer role delineation and better planning for space and equipment.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status Unknown

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