This Plenary session will provide background information and a progress update on two Quality in General Practice trials led by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and funded by the federal Department of Health.
The RACGP Quality in General Practice trials, which commenced in late 2017, are designed to assess the impact of enhanced general practice services on improving patient health outcomes and health service usage. The enhancement of general practice services are based around three key strategies: (1) voluntary enrolment to a preferred GP, (2) increasing access and availability of longer consultations and (3) follow-up after a significant health event (e.g. a hospital admission).
Dr Bastian Seidel, RACGP President, will provide a background to the two trials, outlining the basis for the three key strategies and the role of the trials in building the Australian evidence base to support future investments in high quality general practice services.
Professor Andrew Bonney is leading the first trial which is being conducted through a collaboration between University of Wollongong, Monash University and the University of Tasmania. The trial is titled the “Effectiveness of Quality Incentive Payments in General Practice” (EQuIP-GP) and will be implemented in 36 general practices with a target of 1800 participants. The EQuIP-GP trial will investigate the impact of an alternate, outcomes-based service and funding model that provides incentives linked to the quality of primary care provision by General Practitioners. Professor Bonney, on behalf of the collaboration, will provide background details to the trial and an update on current progress. The EQuIP-GP trial registration can be found at: https://www.anzctr.org.au/Trial/Registration/TrialReview.aspx?id=374194.
Professor Richard Reed, representing Flinders University, will provide background details and an update to the second Quality in General Practice trial which is titled: “Flinders QUality Enhanced general practice Services Trial” (Flinders QUEST). Flinders QUEST is currently being implemented in 20 general practices (with 90+ GPs) in metropolitan Adelaide and aims to recruit 1100 patients who are at risk of poor health outcomes. Flinders QUEST will test whether practices that are supported financially and logistically to provide the enhanced general practice services can improve patient health outcomes and health service use. Flinders QUEST is registered at: https://www.anzctr.org.au/Trial/Registration/TrialReview.aspx?id=373886.