Chronic disease management in Australia: Evidence and policy mismatch, with asthma as an example

Justin Beilby, Christine Holton

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All Western countries are developing and implementing new models for managing asthma. In Australia, the Asthma 3+ Visit Plan was implemented in 2001—2002, with the aim of establishing a structured approach in general practice for people with moderate and severe asthma, within a fee-for-service system. Evidence is emerging that the uptake across general practice has been poor, with approximately 5% of eligible people being enrolled. The reasons for the poor uptake include such factors as an inability to identify people with asthma, general practitioners being too busy with other clinical priorities, and the lack of interest and understanding of the need for a structured approach for this disease. This mismatch between evidence and policy development needs to be rectified, if sustainable models of chronic disease care are to be firmly established in general practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-80
Number of pages8
JournalChronic Illness
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes



  • Chronic illness
  • Depression
  • Primary care
  • Qualitative research

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