25 Jan 2017 | Primary Care
Late last year the Health Quality & Safety Commission introduced Whakakotahi – the primary care quality improvement challenge. Whakakotahi which translates to “to be as one”, sees the Commission partnering with primary care to support improvement projects submitted by primary care organisations.
The successful projects for 2017 are from:
Hutt Union & Community Health Services/Te Awakairangi will work with the Commission on their diabetes project. The aim of the project is to improve glycaemic control of patients with diabetes (Type 1 and 2) who have an HbA1c greater than 64mmol/L.
National Hauora Coalition – Oranga Rongoa is a project to improve the delivery of best practice therapy for gout. The project aims to reduce serum uric acid (SUA) levels in Māori and Pacific patients over 20 years classified as having gout with a SUA of >0.36mmol/L.
Nelson Marlborough DHB’s initiative based in Mapua Health and Tima Health in Nelson is entitled ‘Live longer & feel better following treatment for a heart attack’. It focuses on the reduction of preventable deaths and acute readmissions to hospital following an angioplasty procedure. The improvements will be focused on improving the uptake of triple therapy (medication) following angioplasty and the reduction of unnecessary polypharmacy one year after this procedure.
Chair of the Commission’s Primary Care Expert Advisory Group, Dr John Wellingham says, 'Congratulations to the providers selected. The Commission looks forward to using our quality improvement expertise and resources, in conjunction with the expertise of the successful applicants and their colleagues, to meet the aims of these improvements.'