Development of a detailed specification for the Practice Level Indicators in Primary Care

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, 2012

In 2011, the Commission undertook in-depth research and wide consultation to identify practice level indicators of safety and quality for primary care. ‘Practice level’ refers to organisations, teams and individual practitioners providing primary care, which in turn is defined as the ‘first level of health care or entry point to the healthcare system for consumers’. The project resulted in agreement of 35 indicators. The Commission engaged Health Policy Analysis to develop detailed specifications for the 35 indicators. Health Policy Analysis undertook wide-ranging research, including peer reviewed and ‘grey’ literature to develop these specifications. The lack of standardised data sets in primary care settings was a particular consideration in the work up of the specifications. The Commission will be making the specifications available to primary care organisations for implementation on a voluntary basis.