Variation in quality of preventive care for well adults in Indigenous community health centres in Australia

Ross S Bailie, Damin Si, Christine M Connors, Ru Kwedza, Lynette O'Donoghue, Catherine Kennedy, Rhonda Cox, Helen Liddle, Jenny Hains, Michelle C Dowden, Hugh P Burke, Alex Brown (+2 others)
2011 BMC Health Services Research  
Early onset and high prevalence of chronic disease among Indigenous Australians call for action on prevention. However, there is deficiency of information on the extent to which preventive services are delivered in Indigenous communities. This study examined the variation in quality of preventive care for well adults attending Indigenous community health centres in Australia. Methods: During 2005-2009, clinical audits were conducted on a random sample (stratified by age and sex) of records of
more » ... ults with no known chronic disease in 62 Indigenous community health centres in four Australian States/Territories (sample size 1839). Main outcome measures: i) adherence to delivery of guideline-scheduled services within the previous 24 months, including basic measurements, laboratory investigations, oral health checks, and brief intervention on lifestyle modification; and ii) follow-up of abnormal findings.
doi:10.1186/1472-6963-11-139 pmid:21627846 pmcid:PMC3120646 fatcat:tpeklezvv5d7dmurzs7sj7gvay