Deeble Issues Brief No. 36: Data collection for community-based allied health chronic disease management

Jon Foo

Effective harnessing of community-based allied health services can improve patient care and reduce avoidable hospitalisations for people living with chronic conditions. Although there is an increasing number of Chronic Disease Management Services being provided, there is little data to guide patients, providers, the health sector and government on how this healthcare may best be provided and the patient outcomes being achieved.

Additional collection of clinical data is required to inform optimal treatment approaches, innovative service delivery, appropriate workforce supply, and design of the Chronic Disease Management program. Design of data collection should include: national consistency of data elements; infrastructure to support data collection, reporting, and sharing; and incentives for collection.