A strategy for translating evidence into policy and practice to close the gap - developing essential service standards for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cardiovascular care

Alex Brown, Rebekah O'Shea, Kathy Mott, Katherine McBride, Tony Lawson, Garry Jennings, ESSENCE Steering Committe

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    Abstract

    The development and application of essential standards for cardiovascular care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people creates a strategic platform on which to systematically close the gap in the health outcomes and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people in Australia. We outline six developmental stages that can be used to enhance the effective translation of evidence into practice that reduces life expectancy differentials. Focussing efforts where the biggest gain can be made; considering how to make a policy-relevant difference with an emphasis on translation into policy and practice; establishing a foundation for action by engaging with stakeholders throughout the process; developing a framework to guide action; drafting policy-relevant and framework-appropriate essential service standards; and defining standards that help policy decision makers achieve current priority policy targets.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)119-125
    Number of pages7
    JournalHeart, Lung and Circulation
    Volume24
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015

    Keywords

    • Australia
    • Cardiovascular diseases
    • Healthcare disparities
    • Indigenous
    • Knowledge translation
    • Standard of Care

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