Quality improvement in primary care to prevent hospitalisations and improve effectiveness and efficiency of care for people living with heart disease
Coronary heart disease accounts for the greatest disease morbidity and nearly one fifth of deaths in Australia. Around half of these deaths occur in people with prior coronary heart disease.
Cost-effective and scalable strategies are needed to prevent associated deaths and hospitalisations. Our aim is to improve secondary prevention in primary care by implementing a scalable strategy and practice-level quality improvement to inform government decision-making.
Quel provides robust data about whether quality improvement reduces hospitalisations and costs and about how it can be implemented in an efficient and sustainable way.
Investigators: Professor Julie Redfern, Professor Clara Chow, Professor Christopher Reid, Professor Nicholas Zwar, Professor Timothy Usherwood, Professor Mark Woodward, Professor Stephen Jan, Professor David Hare, Associate Professor Thomas Briffa, Professor Robyn Gallagher, Rohan Greenland, Julie Anne Mitchell, Colin Frick, Dr Andrew Knight, Associate Professor Laurent Billot, Dr Emily Atkins, Professor Elizabeth Halcomb, Dr Tony Lembke, Dr Robert Herkes, Dr Tracey-Lea Laba and Nashid Hafiz. Funded by the NHMRC and in-kind contributions from partner organisations