Title Innovative lifelong learning of European General Physicians in Quality Improvement supported by information technology
Project Number 2010-1-PL1-LEO05-11473
Product R5_Guide Book including presentations of good practice in QI area
Title R5_Guide Book including presentations of good practice in QI area
Product Type teaching material
Marketing Text The 'Guidebook on Implementation of Quality Improvement in General Practice' is aimed at helping regular GP to develop the necessary knowledge and skills in order to understand and manage basic quality improvement methods. It contains easy to follow and practical recommendations together with a comprehensive references section for those interested in further development of in depth quality studies. The Guidebook contains guidelines on effective development and implementation of QI projects at the GP practice level, presentation of examples of some successful projects together with analysis of their success factors. It provides an overview of the most important theoretical aspects and practical recommendations that every ‘beginner’ in the field of quality improvement should find useful.
The guidebook is targeted at regular GPs looking to improve the quality of their practice using either an individual approach or a team based approach. It has three interrelated sections. The first section presents general concepts of quality improvement in family practice. Emphasis is put at the GP’s education process and competency profile. Examples of some successful quality improvement projects in European countries are described. The second section provides an overview of the quality improvement methods and tools that can be used at an individual GP and/or practice level. The practical implementation of the quality cycle is described. Issues of patient safety and approaches to overcoming possible barriers in implementing QI initiatives are highlighted. The third section provides additional literature for those interested in further development of in-depth quality studies and includes a glossary of terms. Each chapter has an associated comprehensive set of references.
The GuideBook is available in both paper and electronic versions.
The English version (500 copies) was printed and distributed to the target groups, the translations into the relevant partner languages are available on the digital version (on the project website).
Target group Teachers / Trainers of Family Medicine / General Practice, Educational experts in the field of primary care, Practicing General Practitioners / Family Physicians Trainees in the field of Family Medicine / General Practice
It is a highly informative and based on the most recent approaches to QI guidebook which can be used in different health care contexts and settings. Developed by international authorship including experts in the field. Underwent a thorough review process both content and style wise. Graphical design and content design make it user friendly and easy to follow allowing for remembering the key issues and lessons. The guidebook is translated into the languages of the partners thus allowing for a bigger outreach and impact, also available in an on-line version.
R5 is up to date, summarizes information from various reliable sources and is validated by members of Wonca Europe, who are also members of the project consortium. It is well constructed in a logical, well structured, easy to read and ease to use fashion. It is published online for open access and easily accessible to all interested parties. Moreover, it is applicable in the GP practice: it provides tools, methods and instructions on how QI programs have been designed and implemented to far in GP practices, giving the reader the opportunity to extrapolate this information to individual practices by learning from the examples of others.
Area of application
This GuideBook may be incorporated to the formal training programmes existing in the participating countries. It may support both GPs and teachers in family medicine by providing crucial information on implementing QI projects in PHC. Its implementation into the formal training programmes may improve the life-long learning education of GPs as well as improve the quality of service provided to patients by enhancing the knowledge base of practicing family physicians; this last aspect is in fact the ultimate goal of all the activities undertaken in our project.
It is recommended to use it in vocational trainings by both: family medicine doctors who want to improve their knowledge and skills as well as by the academic staff and medical students during the formal training courses.
Such a GuideBook is also a valuable tool used as one of the possible and very efficient teaching method. In our project it also plays a supporting role in the process of LLL education of GPs in the field of QI.