ThinkGP Clinical Audits
April 27, 2023
The value of Clinical Audits
Clinical audits are essential in improving healthcare delivery and patient outcomes. They provide an opportunity for healthcare professionals to review and evaluate their current practices, identify areas for improvement and implement evidence-based interventions to enhance the quality of care provided to their patients. To facilitate this process, ThinkGP offers a range of courses on clinical audits that are designed to help healthcare professionals develop the skills and knowledge required to conduct effective audits and drive continuous quality improvement in their practices.
One of the courses offered on the ThinkGP platform is “Clinical Audit Essentials,” which provides healthcare professionals with an overview of the principles of clinical audit and the steps involved in conducting an audit. The course covers topics such as setting audit objectives, selecting appropriate audit criteria, collecting and analysing data, and implementing changes to improve patient outcomes.
Another course available on the platform is “Clinical Audit in Practice,” which is designed to provide healthcare professionals with practical guidance on how to conduct audits in a clinical setting. The course covers topics such as selecting audit topics, developing audit tools, involving stakeholders in the audit process, and communicating audit findings to relevant parties.
By participating in these courses, healthcare professionals can develop their skills in clinical audit, learn best practices from experts in the field, and gain access to resources and tools that will help them drive continuous quality improvement in their practices. The value of clinical audits and the courses offered by ThinkGP is in their ability to help healthcare professionals deliver the best possible care to their patients, by identifying and addressing areas for improvement in their clinical practice. As healthcare continues to evolve and become more complex, it is critical for healthcare professionals to stay up-to-date with the latest developments and best practices in clinical audit, and ThinkGP provides an excellent platform for achieving this goal.
Iron Deficiency Clinical Audit: Screening and managing your patients with iron deficiency
Iron deficiency (ID) is the most common nutritional deficiency in Australia. Management is based on initiation of iron therapy to correct ID, and concurrent diagnosis and management of the underlying cause. This clinical audit aims to improve the management of patients with iron deficiency following oral or IV iron supplementation, and understanding the factors surrounding causes and concerns for patients of all ages.
You should recruit a total of 10 adult patients with ID who may require follow-up, who fit either of the below criteria:
– 8 patients previously or currently treated with oral iron, whose ID remains uncontrolled.
– These patients must be recalled for a consultation as part of this audit.
– 2 patients previously treated with IV iron, who have not had an iron study since correction of their iron levels.
– The audit process can be done before these patients are recalled.
The program has been designed to take approximately 6-8 weeks to complete. This includes patient recall from your practice, patient consultation and program evaluation.
Healthy Heart Clinical Audit: Heart health checks and lipid lowering therapies for primary prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
In this clinical audit, you will conduct Heart Health Checks for your patients, providing comprehensive cardiovascular risk assessments and developing ongoing management plans involving pharmacological and lifestyle strategies to reduce cardiovascular risk. Evaluate CVD risk for 5 patients using the Heart Health Check process, and develop effective long-term management plans informed by best practice and guidelines.
Patients who are eligible for this clinical audit are adults who are:
– 45 years or over (30 years or over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)
– have no history of CVD
– have not had another health assessment in the last 12 months e.g. MBS items 701, 703, 705, 707 or 715 (in order to claim the Heart Health Check under the MBS)
The program has been designed to take approximately 4-6 weeks to complete. This includes patient recall from your practice, patient consultation and program evaluation.
Liver Disease Clinical Audit: Metabolic-associated fatty liver disease
In this clinical audit, you will conduct an assessment of patients who are at risk of metabolic associated fatty liver disease (MAFLD), calculate their risk of liver fibrosis using validated tools and decide on further management.
Patients who are eligible for this clinical audit:
– Are 35 years or older
– Have not already been referred to a hepatologist for management of MAFLD or other liver conditions
– Have any of the following risk factors for MAFLD:
– Overweight or obesity
– Type 2 diabetes
– Metabolic syndrome
– Abnormal liver blood tests
– Hepatic steatosis
The program has been designed to take approximately 4-6 weeks to complete. This includes patient recall from your practice, patient consult and program evaluation.
Easy Access to ThinkGP
Looking to enhance your knowledge of the guidelines around family practice? Look no further than these comprehensive clinical audit courses from ThinkGP available on Med CPD. These self-paced online programs are designed to equip healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge necessary to manage common conditions with confidence.
Over an average of 10 modules, you’ll explore a wide range of topics and concerns. You’ll learn from experienced healthcare professionals through engaging video lectures, interactive quizzes, and real-world case studies.
Whether you’re a seasoned healthcare professional looking to refresh your knowledge or a new practitioner seeking to build your skills, this course has something to offer. With flexible scheduling and 24/7 access to course materials, you can learn at your own pace and on your own schedule.
So why wait? Sign up for this course today and take the first step towards better outcomes for your patients.