Quality improvement in aged care

If you look after patients in an aged care facility you should really have a look at this resource.

It’s from the Australian Government’s Department of Health and it basically gives you all you need to know about the most recent initiative to ensure high standard of care in these facilities.

From July 1, all aged care facilities that receive government subsidies for the services they provide will need to collect and provide data on three specific adverse outcomes that residents might experience.

Specifically the government is asking these facilities to record information on pressure injuries, use of physical restraint and unplanned weight loss because these are indicators of clinical quality, or more exactly indicators of poor clinical quality.

Every three months residential facilities will need to submit this Quality Indicator (QI) data to the Department of Health which will generate a report.

So where do GPs fit in?

According to the resource information, GPs will need to get involved in making sure facilities proactively respond to this QI information.

The actions GPs are being asked to take are mainly about getting engaged in the programme – ask questions, ask to see the 3-monthly QI reports and help with the interpretation of the information from these reports. It will ...

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