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Evaluating BSMC on the West Coast

12 months
Approved budget:
Professor Robin Gauld
Health issue:
Other (generic health or health services)
Proposal type:
Primary Care Research Project
Lay summary
Integrated primary health care plays a critical role in addressing the health needs of people with long-term conditions, the elderly and vulnerable populations with poor health status. It is important to understand the processes which facilitate or undermine initiatives intended to strengthen integration and provide sustainable primary health care. Our evaluation research will focus on the Better, Sooner, More Convenient Primary Health Care Initiative and the business case adopted by the West Coast Alliance. Specifically, we will focus on three initiatives, introduced by the West Coast Alliance in Buller. These initiatives are embedded in the Integrated Family Health Centres and address: (i) Long- term conditions; (ii) The Shared Care Record; and (iii) Frail older people. Commencing with an overarching hypothesis, our theoretically informed research will produce translatable results which we will employ to develop a BSMC research evaluation toolbox for broader use across BSMC business cases nationally.