GRx Patient Survey background
SPARC managed the GRx initiative until June 2009, when it was transferred to the Ministry of Health. Prior to June 2009, SPARC carried out 6-monthly patient surveys up to 2000 (using CAPI Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviews), and carried out annual surveys from 2001 to 2009 (using self-completion surveys). The Ministry of Health conducted its first patient survey in May 2010.
Some of the key questions explored in these surveys are:
- Main health reasons why doctors prescribe a GRx to their patients
- What physical activities are prescribed by GPs
- Have patients noticed any health changes and if so, what changes
- What is the current status of their GRx – are they still active after 6–8 months
- How much time do patients now spend doing physical activity
- How many days a week are patients doing at least 30 minutes of physical activity
- Have patients made any changes to their diet
- What activities were suggested by the patient support person
- What was their opinion about the service received
- Did they take up the activities suggested by the patient support person
- Were they satisfied with the overall level of patient support service
- Who are they active with (eg, partner, family, children, friends).