Combining new guideline formats with patient communication tools to improve evidence-based practice

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Dr Carissa Bonner’s aims to develop and test new formats for the Australian absolute risk guidelines for cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention, to improve usability for GPs and communication with patients. 
Dr Bonner will develop an interactive online version of the guidelines linked to GP training exercises (audit and feedback, hypothetical cases, responses tailored to beliefs, peer comparison) and patient communication tools (educational information, referral options, decision aids), targeting key behavioural barriers to implementing the guidelines identified in her previous research. 

Dr Bonner will test whether these new formats improve GPs' knowledge and use of the absolute risk guidelines, and whether providing patients with information tailored to their CVD risk level enables them to be more involved in decision making about CVD prevention.
If this initial testing indicates acceptability, feasibility and potential efficacy, a full randomised controlled trial evaluation will then be conducted. This aims to facilitate the translation of evidence-based guidelines into general practice, and improve the management of patients at risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the next five years by addressing the current under-treatment of 65% of high risk patients.

Researcher Profile

Dr Carissa Bonner

Institute: University of Sydney
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