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International Journal of Family Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 453450, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/453450
Research Article

The CDM-Net Project: The Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Broadband-Based Network for Managing Chronic Disease

1Department of General Practice, Monash University, Building 1, 270 Ferntree Gully Road, Notting Hill 3168, VIC, Australia
2Geelong Hospital and Deakin University, Kitchener House, P.O. Box 281, Geelong 3220, VIC, Australia

Received 17 August 2011; Revised 8 November 2011; Accepted 11 November 2011

Academic Editor: Claire Jackson

Copyright © 2012 Kay Jones et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. In Australia most chronic disease management is funded by Medicare Australia through General Practitioner Management Plans (GPMPs) and Team Care Arrangements (TCAs). Identified barriers may be reduced effectively using a broadband-based network known as the Chronic Disease Management Service (CDMS). Aims. To measure the uptake and adherence to CDMS, test CDMS, and assess the adherence of health providers and patients to GPMPs and TCAs generated through CDMS. Methods. A single cohort before and after study. Results. GPMPs and TCAs increased. There was no change to prescribed medicines or psychological quality of life. Attendance at allied health professionals increased, but decreased at pharmacies. Overall satisfaction with CDMS was high among GPs, allied health professionals, and patients. Conclusion. This study demonstrates proof of concept, but replication or continuation of the study is desirable to enable the impact of CDMS on diabetes outcomes to be determined.