The interest in continuous quality improvement (CQI) efforts in the Australian primary health care field, including in the Indigenous primary health care sector has increased over the last several years. This interest has supported increased financial incentives (e.g. to achieve accreditation and/or complete specific services such as health checks), attention to developing performance indicators, and moves to rationalise reporting requirements using web-based information technology.
This appraisal looked at emerging CQI initiatives within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector around Australia, their uptake within the sector, and the major barriers and facilitators to implementing these initiatives. It then identified those factors that are critical to improving the acceptability and effectiveness of CQI initiatives.
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