Evaluation of a training program for device operators in the Australian Government's Point of Care Testing in General Practice Trial: issues and implications for rural and remote practices

dc.contributor.author Shephard, Mark Douglas
dc.contributor.author Mazzachi, Beryl C
dc.contributor.author Watkinson, Les
dc.contributor.author Shephard, Anne Kathryn
dc.contributor.author Laurence, Caroline O
dc.contributor.author Gialamas, Angela
dc.contributor.author Bubner, Tanya
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-24T01:25:12Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-24T01:25:12Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.description.abstract From September 2005 to February 2007 the Australian Government funded the Point of Care Testing (PoCT) in General Practice Trial, a multi-centre, cluster randomised controlled trial to determine the safety, clinical effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and satisfaction of PoCT in General Practice. In total, 53 practices (23 control and 30 intervention) based in urban, rural or remote locations across three states (South Australia [SA], New South Wales [NSW] and Victoria [VIC]) participated in the Trial. Control practices had pathology testing performed by their local laboratory, while intervention practices conducted pathology testing by PoCT. In total, 4968 patients (1958 control and 3010 intervention) participated in the Trial. The point-of-care (PoC) tests performed by intervention practices were: haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) and urine albumin:creatinine ratio (ACR) on patients with diabetes, total cholesterol, triglyceride and high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol on patients with hyperlipidaemia, and international normalised ratio (INR) on patients on anticoagulant therapy. Three PoCT devices measured these tests: the Siemens DCA 2000 (Siemens HealthCare Diagnostics, Melbourne, VIC, Australia) for HbA1c and urine ACR; Point of Care Diagnostics Cholestech LDX analyser (Point of Care Diagnostics; Sydney, NSW, Australia) for lipids; and the Roche CoaguChek S (Roche Diagnostics; Sydney, NSW, Australia) for INR. Point-of-care testing in the General Practice Trial was underpinned by a quality management framework which included an on-going training and competency program for PoCT device operators. This article describes the design, implementation and results of the training and competency program. en
dc.identifier.citation Shephard, M.D., Mazzachi, B.C., Watkinson, L., Shephard, A.K., Laurence, C., Gialamas, A. and Bubner, T., 2009. Evaluation of a training program for device operators in the Australian Government's Point of Care Testing in General Practice Trial: issues and implications for rural and remote practices. Rural and Remote Health 9: 1189. (Online) en
dc.identifier.issn 1445-6354
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2328/26311
dc.language.iso en
dc.oaire.license.condition.license In Copyright
dc.publisher Australian Rural Health Education Network en
dc.subject Australia en
dc.subject Health care en
dc.subject Point-of-Care testing en
dc.subject General practice en
dc.subject Education and training en
dc.title Evaluation of a training program for device operators in the Australian Government's Point of Care Testing in General Practice Trial: issues and implications for rural and remote practices en
dc.type Article en
local.contributor.authorOrcidLookup Shephard, Anne Kathryn: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0014-5384 en_US
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