Co-designing a point-of-care digital decision support tool for GPs to better identify and support people with an eating disorder in primary care

Peta Marks, Sally Corry, Lucy Muldoon, Karen Spielman, Daniel Rogers,

Background: Eating Disorders (EDs) are common and can be difficult to identify and treat. General Practitioners (GPs) report feeling out of their depth with this client group and don’t have access to the specialist supports required. Clinical Decision Support Tools (CDST) can synthesise and simplify evidence for busy practitioners at the point of care; evidence is emerging for their use in a range of settings. InsideOut Institute is undertaking an Australian government funded project to develop a CDST for GPs to better identify and treat people with EDs using evidence-based information.

Aims: This presentation will outline the agile development process of a CDST that provides evidence-based feedback to GPs and integrates with GP workflows and technology.

Methods: Process Analysis included nationwide consultation & participatory human-centred co-design process with GPs and consumers/carers, plus review of GP workflow and practice software systems. Six key elements were identified for development using agile methodology (user testing incorporated at all stages to gain feedback and insight on use/further development of the tool).

Results: The CDST is in the final stage of development, due for completion June 2022. Roll-out and evaluation will then be required. The Process Analysis phase identified a clear need for decision support for GPs to better identify, diagnose and manage people with EDs using evidence-based information; and the need for a solution to ensure integration of the CDST with practice software and workflow processes to optimise ease of uptake.

Conclusions: Clarification of content and context will help ensure the CDST will be useful, adaptable and fully integrated"