Title Innovative lifelong learning of European General Physicians in Quality Improvement supported by information technology
Project Number 2010-1-PL1-LEO05-11473
Product R8_Innovative and interactive distance-learning module dedicated to QI in family practice for GPs (DocQI course).
Title R8_Innovative and interactive distance-learning module dedicated to QI in family practice for GPs (DocQI course).
Product Type modules
E-learning is still not popular in vocational training of GP/FD not only in Poland but also in other European countries (especially in Central and Western European countries). A distance–learning course called "DocQI course" developed in this project can influence this situation. It is designed by and for general practitioners (GPs/FDs/FPs) as an introduction to the concept, content and practice of Quality Improvement (QI) in their everyday work.
The DocQI course is addressed mainly to GPs but also to other medical staff memebers and students, as well. It may reach neglected (under served) vocational trainees who cannot attend a course that offers the education on QI. Trainees can learn at their own speed taking as long time as they like. Program options is not limited by a geographic location and it also guarantees increased familiarization with IT technology.
The methodology was transferred from the Leonardo da Vinci project PL 02/B/F/PP 140056 –(product: DOCEDU: Internet Learning Course for Family Doctors, www.docedu.klrwp.pl)
This is the first European level online programme designed specifically for GPs in this subject and translated into CEE languages, such as Polish, Slovenian and Czech, filling a long existing gap in this area.
DocQI course consists of three modules with links to material with more details:
• Module I–Introduction to the Concepts, Principles, & Models of QI ending with a QI Competency Self-assessment.
• Module II–Setting targets for improvement, measures for improvement, managing and implementing changes using the Plan-DO–Change-Act cycle.
• Module III–Ethics, Leadership, Implementation & Managing Change.
Four approaches to present and reinforce GPs’ learning opportunity were used: Read-Watch-Practice-Apply. First, R8 presents a brief overview of the topic at hand and includes a series of links to resources on the topic to expand learning. Second, it provides a hyperlink to videos to include a “blackboard” recorded example or elaboration of the materials taught. Third, each module has a combination of some exercises for users to practice. And, fourth, the course helps users launch their application of what they have just learned in their own medical practice settings.
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
The structure of the course is built in a modular framework that participants are able to follow according to their own learning needs and pace. Each module ends with a revising test which helps them to check whether their acquired new part of materials, or not. Users have a chance to repeat the test once again later on, if they feel that their knowledge shall be revised and upgraded.
R8 was designed as an on-line learner- directed experience to help GPs and other medical staff to become proficient and confident in analyzing and improving the healthcare services they provide their patients. In order to achieve these goals and accommodate busy schedule of GPs, this educational program is designed as an “on-line self-navigated” learning opportunity to equip GPs /FDs and their staffs the necessary knowledge, skills and leadership behaviors to create an environment of excellence in clinical and management practice.
Area of application
DocQI online course for GPs that can reach underserved vocational trainees who cannot attend a stationary/traditional course. Basically, it is aimed at complementing the existing educational offer for FM doctors and constitutes the attractive offer dedicated to GPs who want to improve their competencies on QI. It is an integral part of the holistic approach to continuing learning and the associated materials developed in our project.
This course (DocQI) may improve quality and innovation of traditional vocational education system and programmes. It may attract GPs to continuing the development of their educational skills and competencies.
This platform supports participants in vocational training and further
training activities in the acquisition and usage of knowledge, skills and
qualifications to facilitate personal development, employability and
participation in the European labour market. It aims at capitalizing the
results of the project, to find synergies and links between GPs, training
institutions, and other stakeholders of health care system.