The IMPRovE Partnership Trial

The IMPRovE Partnership Trial - Implementing work-related Mental health guidelines in general PRacticE: A stepped-wedged cluster RCT.

The National Health and Medical Research Council has awarded the Department of General Practice, Monash University, with a partnership project grant to actively implement a Clinical guideline for the diagnosis and management of work-related mental health conditions in general practice. IMPRovE commenced operations in April 2019.

Despite high standards of health care and the existence of a universal health care system in Australia, there are many examples of poor management of work-related mental health conditions in general practice.

General practitioners have a significant role in enhancing recovery and return to work outcomes for workers with work-related mental health conditions.  However, current practice is hampered by clinical uncertainties and system difficulties that GPs encounter in practice.

IMPRovE utilises a pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial design with a stepped-wedge approach to trial a complex intervention in general practice, to help GPs actively implement work-related Mental health guidelines.  The intervention will consist of academic detailing, resource provision and support through a community of practice. The team will assess delivery of care and the cost-effectiveness of the intervention.