Evaluation of the capacity of Divisions of General Practice in collaboration with other services to support general practice to improve the frequency and quality of their interventions to change SNAP risk factors.
Mark Harris, Gawaine Powell Davies
SNAP is an initiative of the Australian government arising from the work of the Joint Advisory Group on General Practice and Population Health. It focuses on supporting preventive interventions focusing on the four key behavioural risk factors for chronic disease in the Australian Population – smoking, nutrition, alcohol and physical activity.
To evaluate the capacity of Divisions of General Practice in collaboration with other services to support general practice to improve the frequency and quality of their interventions to change SNAP risk factors.
The SNAP implementation trial was conducted in Sutherland and Hastings Macleay Divisions of General Practice during 2003 and 2004. The intervention involved establishing systems and referral networks, training of GP staff and facilitation of improved care throgh practice visits. The evaluation included qualitative and quantitative methods to assess implementation and acceptability, barriers and facilitators, reported changes in practices.
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Sutherland and Hastings Macleay Divisions of General Practice, Mid North Coast and South East Sydney Area Health Services, NSW Health Health Advancement, National Heart Foundation, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
NSW Health and Australian Primary Care Health Research Institute