Northern Territory PHN (NT PHN), Top End Health Services (TEHS) and key stakeholders have recently completed the IMPACT Project : A Framework to Guide the Integration of Pharmacists into Primary Health Care Services.
This project was designed to address an identified gap in knowledge around the factors that influence successful integration of pharmacists into primary health care teams. Identifying and addressing these factors, the enablers to integration, allows pharmacists to work more effectively in primary health care teams and maximises their impact on health outcomes.
The IMPACT project undertook a systematic literature review and interviewed primary health care professionals and community members to identify factors the team and patients expressed as critical to enabling successful integration. The data was analysed, validated and underpinned the development the IMPACT Framework.
Six key themes, or domains, were identified, with thirty-three enablers to integration placed under the domains. The domains and enablers are interconnected.
One of the strengths of this framework is that it is independent of service delivery models and while it was developed in the Northern Territory, it has the potential to be applied across a multicultural Australia and a full range of primary health care settings (urban, regional and remote general practice, Community Controlled Aboriginal Health Services and Aboriginal Health Services provided by State and Territory governments).
IMPACT: A Framework to Guide the Integration of Pharmacists into Primary Health Care Services
For more information, please contact:
Primary Care Support Team
t 08 8982 1000