General Practices in Whānau Ora Collectives

In February this year the Ministry of Health released its report on the performance of general practices in Whānau Ora collectives, as at September 2012. The results in the report are from the HealthStat software package that collects anonymised patient information summaries from general practices in Whānau Ora collectives. This is the first report of planned quarterly reports from the Ministry of Health.

The following is the Highlights section from the report (p.1).

“General practices in the Whānau Ora sample showed improving performances across a number of indicators in the year ended 30 September 2012 compared to the previous year.

Improving performances include:

  • smoking cessation advice up 27.0 percent (20.8% to 47.7%)
  • CVD risk recorded up 13.8 percent (39.7% to 53.5%)
  • diabetes annual reviews up 7.6 percent (60.3% to 67.9%).

Smoking cessation advice and diabetes annual review results now exceed the results of the national sample for the first time since data collection began in June 2009.

Overall, the results from the Whānau Ora sample for the September 2012 year are slightly lower – by 1 to 4 percent – compared to the national sample for the same period. This is encouraging considering the proportion of high needs patients enrolled with general practices that are part of Whānau Ora collectives is 61 percent compared to 27 percent in the national sample.

The positive trends seen in the Whānau Ora sample results cannot be directly attributed to any one particular programme or initiative. Based on the size of the high needs population in the Whānau Ora sample, it is the Ministry’s view that these general practices are performing well.”

You can download this report from the Ministry of Health.

Contributed by Fiona Cram

Community Research


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