Programme no. 535-OP
Quality Improvement
Patient consents in APO audits using automatic data capture and pop-up questionnaires
Jesper Lykkegaard*1, Anders Munck2, Henrik Prinds Rasmussen3
1Audit Project Odense , Research Unit of General Practice,University of Southern Denmark,DK-5000 Odense C,Denmark, 2Audit Project Odense , Research Unit of General Practice,University of Southern Denmark,DK-5000 Odense C,Denmark, 3Audit Project Odense , Research Unit of General Practice,University of Southern Denmark,DK-5000 Odense C,Denmark
* = Presenting author
Objectives: This presentation aims to demonstrate a way of integrating patient consent in automated data collection and feedback, so that it can be used in activities carried out by Audit Project Odense (APO).
Background: During the last few years automated data collection and feedback has become a generalised tool for optimising various aspects of patient treatment and disease prevention in Danish general practice. Necessary collection of patient consents complicates the use of data-triggered questionnaires and data already entered in the GPs’ electronic patient record systems.
Results: The tool will be used for quality improvement activities carried out by APO. During the audit period, automatically generated individual data overview and benchmarking are made available to the GPs by log on to a secure website. The participating GPs meet for training and discussion at courses and/or receive educational material. Effects on the targeted quality improvement items are analysed in a closing report.
Material/Methods: An addition to the data collection software has been programmed. Specific combinations of patient-specific data from the GPs’ electronic patient record systems can instantly trigger a specific pop-up questionnaire. The pop-up now includes an item where the GP can state whether the patient has consented to data collection. The data automatically collected for specific projects are pre-typed in the pop-up, so the patient can see which data are used in each project. It is ready for printing or e-mailing to the patient.
Conclusion: The method and pop-up module will be presented, preferably exemplified by project data.
Points for discussion: What is the optimal way to ascertain patient consent in use of the most modern ways of data collection for quality improvement purposes?