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1. McDonald J, Jayasuriya R, Harris MF: Primary health care service delivery networks for the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes: using social network methods to describe interorganisational collaboration in a rural setting. Aust J Prim Health; 2011;17(3):259-67
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  • [Title] Primary health care service delivery networks for the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes: using social network methods to describe interorganisational collaboration in a rural setting.
  • Adults with type 2 diabetes or with behavioural risk factors require comprehensive and well coordinated responses from a range of health care providers who often work in different organisational settings.
  • This study examines three types of collaborative links between organisations involved in a rural setting.
  • Social network methods were employed using survey data on three types of links, and data was collected from a purposive sample of 17 organisations representing the major provider types.
  • The analysis included a mix of unconfirmed and confirmed links, and network measures.
  • General practices were the most influential provider group in initiating referrals, and they referred to the broadest range of organisations in the network.
  • Team care arrangements formed a small part of the general practice referral network.
  • They were used more for access to private sector allied health care providers and less for sharing care with public sector health services.
  • Involvement in joint programs/activities was limited to public and non-government sector services, with no participation from the private sector.
  • The patterns of interactions suggest that informal referral networks provide access to services and coordination of care for individual patients with diabetes.
  • Two population subgroups would benefit from more proactive approaches to ensure equitable access to services and coordination of care across organisational boundaries: people with more complex health care needs and people at risk of developing diabetes.
  • [MeSH-major] Community Networks / organization & administration. Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / prevention & control. Primary Health Care / organization & administration. Referral and Consultation. Rural Health Services / organization & administration
  • [MeSH-minor] Adult. Cooperative Behavior. Humans. Private Sector. Public Sector. Rural Population

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  • (PMID = 21896262.001).
  • [ISSN] 1448-7527
  • [Journal-full-title] Australian journal of primary health
  • [ISO-abbreviation] Aust J Prim Health
  • [Language] eng
  • [Publication-type] Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • [Publication-country] Australia
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