Title Innovative lifelong learning of European General Physicians in Quality Improvement supported by information technology
Project Number 2010-1-PL1-LEO05-11473
Product R4_The innovative tool for measuring the required GPs’ professional competencies and their educational needs in the field of QI
Title R4_The innovative tool for measuring the required GPs’ professional competencies and their educational needs in the field of QI
Product Type website
Marketing Text R4 is an online self-assessment tool that is accessible to European family physicians transferred from the project PL/02/B/F/PP-140056. The tool includes all competencies and domains defined in the “QI Competency Framework – R3” and enables collecting data about physicians’ self-perceived competencies. These data are helpful for examining the criterion, content and construct validity of the developed list of competencies. The tool is also accessible for GP teachers of QI and policy makers to bring other perspectives into the study and stimulate discussion about educational needs.
Accessibility: 6 languages: English, Polish, Czech, Slovenian, Albanian, Dutch (the two last constitute additional languages. The project consortium decided to extend the scope of our work and managed not only to transfer the innovation from another LdV project but also carried out the transfer of developed innovation within the life time of the project to the Albanian Primary Care settings)
Levels of assessment: the tool assesses the needs of main 4 categories of stakeholders in the field of FM: decision maker, teacher in family medicine, general practitioner, patient
- The decision maker’s perspective: the nature and level of skills that general practitioners should display in their daily work, as seen by decision makers in the field of healthcare
- The teacher in FM perspective: has a double aim, firstly to assesses the nature and level of skills and competencies that GPs should possess, as desired or expected by teachers in FM, and secondly to assess the competencies offered by the courses currently being taught in CME programs.
- The GP perspective: helps GPs to self-assess their perceived level of skills and competencies in several areas of quality improvement
- The patient’s perspective: the tool assesses the nature and level of skills or competencies that GP should possess in their daily work, as desired and perceived by patients
It can be used for self-assessment of QI competencies; it can be used by GPs, FM teachers, patients and policy makers. These possibilities are reflected in the adapted interface. The tool can generate date, make comparisons and show trends as well as help in performing gap analysis. It is a useful, innovative instrument which can be also used by academics who want to do comparative studies related to the self-assessment and educational needs in different health care system contexts.
The SAQ tool (R4) developed in the project is a result of the systematic consensus investigations and thorough literature reviews. The research has been carried out with the best sample of participants who include the EQuiP members. The tool consists of 6 domains and 37 competencies in QI, it is comprehensive and trans-disciplinary.
Results of the SAQ tool are presented on round-shape graph, which provides possibility to ompare/benchmark the score to average score in another professions and identify gap in knowledge level.
Area of application
R4 is an innovative, interdisciplinary tool which supports self-assessment, stimulates reflection, helps in planning CPD, supports educators in identifying areas for improvement and educational interventions, stimulates discussion about QI among four groups of stakeholders and collates data which can be used for studies. It can can be also used by academics who want to do comparative studies related to the self-assessment and educational needs in different health care system contexts.
The tool and methodology used, have a great potential for utilizing in other areas and can be transferred to identifying competencies profiles and gaps in the competencies of GPs skills in QI. It is expected that by using this methodology competence-based education program for GPs will be developed, that might reflect the needs of the EU primary health care Labor Market and a quality improvement process.
Results obtained from R4 may be included in various activities such as identification of educational goals and objectives, prioritization of objectives, assessment of actual status, determination of discrepancies, and prioritization of needs. It can be used for self-assessment of QI competencies. These possibilities are reflected in the adapted interface.