Research and Education Committee funded research 

Defining catchment boundaries/areas and their populations for New Zealand’s rural hospitals cost effective and equitable health care for people living in these rural communities

Dr Katharina (Kati) Blattner
Amount awarded: $11,410

It is estimated that around 19 percent of New Zealanders rely on rural health services and at least ten percent use rural hospitals for healthcare. This research aims to define and describe a catchment population for each of New Zealand’s hospitals. This will allow for wider research to be undertaken in New Zealand’s rural hospitals and help to inform the delivery of high quality, cost effective and equitable health care for people living in these rural communities

Do general practice capitation fees account for concentrations of complexity? 

Dr Mona Jeffreys
Amount awarded: $13,478 

The aim of this study, run through Victoria University of Wellington, is to measure primary health care use and funding in general practice, for practices with differing levels of high needs patients. 

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Identifying and addressing gaps in general medical practice staff’s oral health knowledge and management of dental presentations 

Moira Smith 
Amount awarded: $5,000 

This study aims to identify the current level of knowledge and confidence among general medical practice workers. Advice will also be sought from health care professionals on how to improve engagement and collaboration between general medical and oral health care practitioners.

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Exploring inequity in access to medications for Type 2 Diabetes in primary care in the Waikato region 

Professor Ross Lawrenson, Dr Lynne Chepulis, Dr Ryan Paul, and Dr Rawiri Keenan 
Amount awarded: $13,980 

Diabetes is primarily managed in primary care, and a number of publications suggest that there is considerable inequity in the management of diabetes in New Zealand. Earlier work suggests Māori are significantly less-likely than non-Māori to be prescribed metformin, but once prescribed it they are equally likely to have the medication dispensed. This study aims to characterise diabetes medication, to evaluate equity in access to diabetes medication, determine the prescription adherence by linking prescription to pharmaceutical dispensing data, and evaluating how medication and prescription adherence correlates to clinical outcomes. 

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The built environment of care for higher weight people 

Ms Lesley Gray 
Amount awarded: $11,591 

The built environment, furniture and equipment can present barriers to higher weight people which may lead to inequitable care and delayed treatment seeking. This study will explore the built environment of General Practice to identify opportunities and limitations for patients of higher weight and will gain insights into the views of people with higher weight to inform future practice facility improvements.  

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Identifying threashold concepts in general practice 

Dr Katherine Hall 
Amount awarded: $18,401

This study aims to identify the existence and nature of threashold concepts as experienced by current and recent general practice trainees via the GPEP peogramme. Four domains of health will be specifically invesitgated – physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual – to promote a holistic understanding of threshold concepts for Aotearoa which aligns with Hauora Māori. 

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