Implementing guidelines to routinely prevent chronic disease in general practice (PEP)


Implementing guidelines to routinely prevent chronic disease in general practice (PEP) 2010-2013

Funded by the National Medical Research Council, $744,498.

Mark Harris1, Nick Zwar2, John Litt3, Danielle Mazza4, Mieke Van Driel5, Richard Taylor2, Grant Russell4

  1. Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of New South Wales
  2. School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales
  3. Discipline of General Practice, Flinders University
  4. Department of General Practice, School of Primary Health Care, Monash University

Evidence-based guidelines have been developed and are widely available but up to half of patients do not receive guideline-based preventive care. The aim of this study is to evaluate a model for the implementation of preventive care (vascular disease) guidelines in general practice. The Preventive Evidence into Practice (PEP) Study is a partnership project between the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity (CPHCE) University of New South Wales, Flinders University, Monash University, Bond University, University of Queensland, The RACGP, Bupa Health Foundation and the National Heart Foundation. This is the first time that a partnership has been formed to prevent primary vascular disease in Australian general practice. The joint resources of university, non-government and private sectors will be utilised to ensure that Australian general practice can more effectively contribute to the prevention of chronic disease. This partnership aims to develop and evaluate innovative and evidence-based strategies for the implementation of preventive guidelines for vascular disease with both health care providers and consumers.