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Dr Liz Sturgiss is a clinical general practitioner, NHMRC Investigator and primary care researcher.
Liz is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of General Practice, Monash University, and Visiting Fellow at The Australian National University. As an early career clinician researcher, Liz has experience in implementation research in primary care with expertise in the complex area of obesity management.
Liz leads an emerging research program on the management of complex and stigmatised health issues in primary care focusing on translating guidelines into real-world practice. Her research is based on theoretical principles from behaviour change and implementation science.
She is a practising GP caring for people with substance dependence and complex multi-morbidity. As a clinical researcher, she has extensive networks with clinical primary care colleagues and in her representative roles with primary care organisations.
Obesity management in general practice
Dr Sturgiss led a research team to develop a weight management program for use in general practice, “The Change Program”. This work filled the implementation gap between the NHMRC guidelines for obesity management and real-world practice. This qualitative research started with identifying a deficit in clinical practice, then collaboration with clinicians, healthcare consumer representatives, and chronic disease groups to develop a weight management program for general practice. The program was designed with implementation and sustainability at the forefront. The program was trialled in five sites (one rural, four urban) and was found to increase GP self-efficacy and was feasible within current healthcare system constraints. It has been rolled out in collaboration with Primary Health Networks to over 1000 GPs in ACT and NSW.
Therapeutic alliance in general practice
This mixed methods research has developed a survey tool to measure the patient assessment of the therapeutic alliance in general practice. Liz led an interdisciplinary, international research team to validate the measure for general practice. The survey tool has now been translated into Dutch and is being investigated by primary care research teams in the Netherlands and Belgium. The tool is a robust, internationally relevant measure of the process of primary care. It is useful for research, intervention design and evaluation, and clinician training.
Policy and practice
Liz's doctoral work on obesity management in general practice has been implemented by clinicians in the ACT and NSW. General practitioners (GPs) are the front-line for management of weight and obesity in Australian adults. Liz’s research has improved how GPs in NSW and ACT manage adult patients with obesity by developing Australia’s first evidence-based weight management program for general practice. In 2018/19 “The Change Program” was rolled out to over 850 GPs in western Sydney and 500 GPs in the ACT via Primary Health Networks who together care for more than 600 000 patients with overweight and obesity. The Program bridges the implementation gap between obesity guidelines and clinical practice and improves the confidence of GPs to provide obesity management and changes the clinical practice of GPs. GPs now have access to an innovative program to assist them in managing patients with obesity.
General Practice, Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University
… → 19 Sep 2018
Award Date: 19 Sep 2018
Master of Forensic Medicine, MONASH UNIVERSITY
Award Date: 26 May 2011
Public Health, Master of Public Health, University of New South Wales
Award Date: 17 Aug 2009
Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine, University of Newcastle
Award Date: 17 Dec 2003
Visiting Fellow, Australian National University
Research area keywords
- Primary Health Care
- General Practice
- Health Promotion
Sturgiss, L., Clark, A. M., Ball, L., Williams, L. T. & Prathivadi, P.
2/08/19 → 30/06/21
Working with practitioners to reduce alcohol related harm – embedding brief interventions in Victorian general practices
31/07/19 → 21/06/21
Definitions and use of the teach-back method in healthcare consultations with patients: A systematic review and thematic synthesisShersher, V., Haines, T. P., Sturgiss, L., Weller, C. & Williams, C., Jan 2021, In: Patient Education and Counseling. 104, 1, p. 118-129 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-review
Sturgiss, E., 1 Aug 2020, In: Australian Journal of Primary Health. 26, 4, p. i-ii 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Editorial › Other › peer-reviewOpen Access
Corrigendum to: Promoting interdisciplinary research through transversality-an aid to communicating more effectively with health sociologistsSturgiss, E. A. & Smith, G. J. D., 25 Mar 2020, In: Family Practice. 37, 2, p. 286 1 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Other › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Developing a taxonomy of communication techniques and AIDS used by healthcare providers during patient consultations: Protocol for a systematic reviewShersher, V., Haines, T. P., Williams, C., Willoughby, L., Sturgiss, E. & Weller, C., Jul 2020, In: JMIR Research Protocols. 9, 7, 8 p., e16801.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review Article › Other › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Digital Health Tools and Patients With Drug Use Disorders: Qualitative Patient Experience Study of the Electronic Case-Finding and Help Assessment Tool (eCHAT)Choy, M. A., Sturgiss, E., Goodyear-Smith, F. & Smith, G. J., 14 Sep 2020, In: Journal of Medical Internet Research. 22, 9, 8 p., e19256.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Sturgiss, Liz (Recipient), Jan 2014
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)
Sturgiss, Liz (Recipient), Aug 2018
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)