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Integrating best practice and filling knowledge gaps in remote Aboriginal diabetes detection and care: improving case detection and service delivery

Posted on: 4 July, 2016
Issue: Vol 16 No 3, July 2016 – September 2016
Related to Diabetes Remote Western Australia

Marley JV, Singleton S, Griffiths E, Cutter M, Wright K, Falcocchio L, Scott L, Houston N, Martin J, Atkinson D (2016)
Integrating best practice and filling knowledge gaps in remote Aboriginal diabetes detection and care: improving case detection and service delivery
Canberra: Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute

This report outlines the steps taken by the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services’ (KAMS) remote clinics to implement the new Kimberley diabetes screening procedure.

The project was initiated following the Kimberley HbA1c Study conducted between September 2011 and November 2013, that identified a gap in knowledge transfer. The project team aimed to identify how they could implement this evidence to make sustainable changes to screening for diabetes?

The project team consulted with clinic and management staff across KAMS sites to discuss how the new Kimberley HbA1c screening procedure could be embedded into everyday primary health care practice at each site. During discussions with clinical staff a number of barriers were identified to implementing the Kimberley HbA1c screening procedure.

The report outlines a number of important factors to be taken into account for any successful screening program to be implemented and that effective implementation of a point of care testing program requires a significant change to clinic work flows (i.e., allowing for the six minutes it takes to complete the test; establishing new habits).

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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