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Table 4 Third iteration; Delphi consensus on illustrative lists of core primary health care support functions

From: What core primary health care services should be available to Australians living in rural and remote communities?

Core primary health care support functions Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree Total Strong consensus1 Moderate consensus2
  n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n n (%) %
Management/Governance/Leadership         
Human resources management 17 (60.7) 10 (35.7) 1 (3.6) 0 0 28 27 (96.4)  
Human resources management 15 (53.6) 12 (42.9) 1 (3.6) 0 0 28 27 (96.4)  
Transparent systems of accountability 22 (78.6) 6 (21.4) 0 0 0 28 28 (100.0)  
Advocacy at an organisational, regional and potentially national level 19 (67.9) 5 (17.9) 4 (14.3) 0 0 28 24 (85.7)  
Formulating service policy and service planning at all levels 17 (60.7) 9 (32.1) 1 (3.6) 1 (3.6) 0 28 26 (92.9)  
Coordination         
Hospital liaison/discharge planning 26 (92.9) 2 (7.1) 0 0 0 28 28 (100.0)  
Linkages with other health and community services 24 (85.7) 4 (14.3) 0 0 0 28 28 (100.0)  
Coordination across related sectors 13 (46.4) 12 (42.9) 3 (10.7) 0 0 28 25 (89.3)  
Partnership between clinical and public health services with a focus on PHC 21 (75.0) 7 (25.0) 0 0 0 28 28 (100.0)  
Health Infrastructure         
Buildings, materials, systems of maintenance 21 (75.0) 4 (14.3) 3 (10.7) 0 0 28 25 (89.3)  
Quality Systems         
Evidence based practice 20 (71.4) 7 (25.0) 1 (3.6) 0 0 28 27 (96.4)  
Monitoring and evaluation 21 (75.0) 7 (25.0) 0 0 0 28 28 (100.0)  
Quality improvement systems 22 (78.6) 4 (14.3) 2 (7.1) 0 0 28 26 (92.9)  
Data Systems         
Health records, data collection, public health data collection, monitoring and follow up systems, health registers 25 (89.3) 2 (7.1) 1 (3.6) 0 0 28 27 (96.4)  
Professional Development         
Training, support, supervision, preparing staff for rural and remote contexts and multi-disciplinary team practice 23 (82.1) 4 (14.3) 0 1 (3.6) 0 28 27 (96.4)  
Community Participation         
Promoting cultural safety 20 (71.4) 7 (25.0) 1 (3.6) 0 0 28 27 (96.4)  
Ensuring service responsiveness 21 (75.0) 7 (25.0) 0 0 0 28 28 (100.0)  
Contributing to good governance 20 (71.4) 6 (21.4) 2 (7.1) 0 0 28 26 (92.9)  
  1. 1≥ 80% ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’ indicates a strong consensus.
  2. 260-79% ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’ indicates a moderate consensus.
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