Difficult to Treat Asthma Remote Clinical Audit

Our difficult to treat asthma clinical audit service is designed to provide opportunities to enrich the care of asthma patients and allows secondary care clinicians to fulfil reflective learning requirements. This is made possible through analysing clinical documents against evidence-based quality standards, providing specialists with tools, and generating practice and patient reports

Benefits for specialists

Our Clinical Audit has no costs for Specialists

Opportunity to engage in our Quality Improvement research programs

RACP CPD Points awarded in the completion of the audit

Tailored Practice and Patient reports providing a longitudinal view of patient history

Clinical Review Tools

Pre-visit patient questionnaires to populate clinical templates to simplify asthma data recording

Bespoke tailored practice and patient-level reports guided by our quality standards that aim to provide longitudinal views

Data entry templates for use during review allowing for hassle-free coding of data in-review

Opportunities for
specialists to gain RACP CPD points and feedback to OPC on their experience of the OPC audit process

Guided by Quality Standards

We have developed quality standards that provide a standardized mode of comparison for clinical data, these standards are informed by international against evidence based guidelines and the experience of our governing steering committee.


Research Ethics Approval

OPCRDA (Optimum Patient Care Research Database Australia) has Bellberry HREC approval to collect and store anonymised patient data from participating respiratory and allergy specialist practices for research purposes.

Bellberry HREC Reference: 2020-11-1196 Optimum Patient Care Research Database Australia (OPCRDA)
Approval Date: 13-Aug-21

How our Audit Works
Flow Diagram

Register your interest and we will schedule a meeting to discuss the program and required agreements

OPC will book an appointment for data extraction

Practice and Patient Reports comparing extracted data to quality standards are shared

OPC provides tools to improve consultations and sets dates for 12 months re-audit

OPC assists in submissions for CPD points based on participation

Sample Reports

Patient Report

Individualised patient reports provide a longitudinal view of the patient’s clinical history (e.g. medications, asthma control, comorbidities, tests) to support specialists during patient consultations. It highlights potential gaps in the communication with primary care practices and offers some recommendations based upon quality standards.

Practice Report

Electronic practice report is a tool designed to simplify the audit task of reply letters to primary cares at a practice level scale. The reports summarise the patient information included in each letter and compare it against quality standards to highlight opportunities to optimise care. Providing an overview of all difficult to treat asthma patients allows specialists to easily identify groups of patients who may be at an increased risk of worsening asthma and could benefit from treatment optimisation. 

Developed in collaboration with our steering committee consisting of:

Prof. David Price, Dr Gregory Katsoulotos, Dr John Blakey, Prof. Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich, Dr Li-Ping Chung, Dr Eve Denton, Prof. Mark Hew, A/Prof. Lucy Morgan, A/Prof. Pete Smith. Prof. John Upham and Dr Kwok Yan

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