In 1994 the Primary Health Care Initiatives Program was established as part of the South Australian government's hospital service improvement strategy. In its first year, the program funded 34 demonstration projects, of which half were concerned with improving continuity of care and discharge planning, and half with health promotion or illness prevention. Evaluation of the program has shown that it achieved significant improvements in links and communication between the services involved, in the development of systems and procedures for facilitating discharge-planning and continuity of care, and in enhancing the capacity of organizations to undertake health promotion and illness prevention. Overall, it was not possible to determine whether the program had shortened or avoided hospital stays due to a range of factors, including the many changes occurring in the health system at the time. The program's strong emphasis on evaluation has produced a rich source of information and helped to develop the evaluation skills of project staff.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Australian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|