Aims

The aim of the IMPRovE partnership program is to foster high-quality GP behaviour towards patients with work related mental health conditions. Using a Pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial with a stepped-wedge approach to compare usual care with data from clusters that have received the intervention, this research program will focus on:

  • GP adherence to guidelines measured at baseline, 12 months and 24 months (Step 1 only) after enrolment with the CoP, using video simulated patient consultations.
  • Changes in patient mental health status, and work participation will be measured at baseline, 6 months and 12 months following their initial GP consultation.

Health economics is also an integral part of IMPRovE. Process evaluation of the intervention involving quantitative and qualitative methods, and economic evaluation involving health service utilization costs and saving analysis within the trial-period associated with the intervention as compared to usual care. This cost-effectiveness analyses will allow determining how likely our proposed interventions will be accepted and be successful in the Australian setting, and planning for national scale-up across diverse jurisdictions.