PracticeGroup: Health & social services

Implementing HealthPathways across Queensland: A case study

Dr Tom Love of Sapere Research Group conducted a case study of the implementation of HealthPathways in Queensland.  HealthPathways is a platform that provides tailored, locally relevant guidance to general practitioners on the management of conditions in the community and referral to specialist hospital services. HealthPathways is intended to increase the consistency of referral patterns,

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The Problem of Chronic Pain and Scope for Improvements in Patient Outcomes

Sapere was commissioned Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists to investigate the cost of chronic pain to New Zealand. Our report finds that chronic pain costs more than diabetes or dementia yet there is no comprehensive plan to address it. Our research also finds that one in five

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Targeted Engagement on Family Funded Care and Paid Family Care

Sapere Research Group was engaged by the Ministry of Health to summarise the views from families and care organisations on options to improve Funded Family Care. The report includes themes emerging as priorities from targeted stakeholder engagement (meetings and an e-survey) on the Ministry of Health’s Funded Family Care (FFC) policy and District Health Boards

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Interim Report Two: Evaluation of the Adult Cancer Psychological and Social Support Initiative

This is the second Interim report of the Evaluation of the Adult Cancer Psychological and Social Support Initiative, and follows the first Interim report. The final report is due in early 2019. The objective of this evaluation is to provide an understanding of the efficiency and effectiveness of the initiative.

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Interim Report One: Evaluation of the Cancer Psychological and Social Support Initiative

Sapere Research Group was engaged by the Ministry of Health to evaluate and assess the Cancer Psychological Social Support Initiative, and to determine whether the service objectives were being met. This interim report is focused on the process evaluation component, in particular the roll-out and implementation of the initiative.

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Evaluation of the surgical site infection improvement programme: Final (summative) report

The Health Quality & Safety Commission engaged Sapere to undertake an evaluation of the Surgical Site Infection Improvement Programme. The overall aim of the evaluation is to assess the effectiveness of the programme against the purpose and objectives articulated over time since the SSII programme was established formally in 2012. In this final evaluation report, we

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Gambling Harm Reduction Needs Assessment

This needs assessment was done as part of the Ministry’s strategy to reduce gambling harm, as required under the Problem Gambling Act 2003. The Ministry of Health is the department responsible for developing an integrated problem gambling strategy under the Gambling Act 2003. The strategy must include public health promotion, services to treat problem gamblers,

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The Sharing of Personal Health Data – A Review of the Literature

The Data Futures Partnership Working Group commissioned Sapere to review issues and questions raised by the sharing of personal health data in general, and in particular the factors that influence people’s acceptance and approval of sharing the data – i.e. social licence issues. A common issue raised within the literature is the individual and societal

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Evaluation of a proposed counselling network model for child cancer

Sapere Research Group was engaged by the National Child Cancer Network to test the basic assumptions underlying a proposal for the development of a network of counselling providers. This included assessing overall support for the proposal alongside an exploration of what is currently in place and any gaps that might exist, or how services and

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Alliance contracting: background and relevance for ACC funded services

In 2014, Sapere was commissioned by ACC to provide background for informed discussion about the use of alliance contract approaches for ACC funded services.  On the basis of documentation, interviews and personal experience, it presents the background and recent experience of alliance contracting in the New Zealand health sector.

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