COPD Clinical Review Services

Optimum Patient Care is committed to making a tangible difference in the lives of patients. We provide free epidemiological summary statistics for general practices based on their own practice outcomes, which are given in a report form and can be presented to clinical and management staff by a epidemiologist on request.

COPD Clinical Audit

An opportunity for GPs to review their approach to managing the care of patients with moderate to severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), to achieve best practice outcomes.

The objective of this clinical audit is to support GPs with optimising the quality of primary care provision to COPD patients by:

  1. Reviewing and improving documentation of the diagnosis, assessment and care process in patient electronic health records.
  2. Aligning primary care process with the national and international best practice guidelines on COPD management.

How does it work?

The OPC Clinical Audit is a hassle-free tool for general practices to be supported by leading experts, and to improve the quality of care of COPD patients. The process is similar to the Asthma Clinical Audit, whereby;

  1. The process starts with OPC installing the extraction tool on practice computer. If the GP has already opted-in for an Asthma Review, the extraction tool would have been installed previously on the practice computer and the staff will be familiar with running the software.
  2. De-identified data of patients with COPD are gathered from the practice’s electronic clinical systems and combined with data gathered from optional COPD questionnaires returned by patients. All data collected for review is anonymised at the practice, ensuring that no patient identifiable information leaves the practice in accordance with Information Governance and Data Protection laws.
  3. A bespoke data analysis is then conducted, in accordance with national COPD guidelines and world-renowned expert advisors. OPC Australia will summarise the findings in a report for the selected patient group and provide feedback to the GP with the rates of implementation (%) of aspects of COPD management.
  4. Upon receipt of the feedback report, the GP will be given the opportunity to reflect on and respond to feedback. The GP will have a face to face discussion with an OPC COPD expert to set own standards as a target implementation rate (%) for future care provision.
  5. GP electronic health records will be re-audited by OPC Australia 12 months following the initial data extraction. The same key aspects of COPD management will be reviewed and analysed to compare ideal and actual performance by the GP relating to care provision of COPD patients.

Benefits for your practice

  • We do all the work – minimal GP and practice staff involvement
  • No manual work required – all electronic
  • Reduce unscheduled care into routine care and de-escalate treatment
  • Identify and organise practice management of high-risk patients

Benefits for GPs

  • By participating in this accredited activity, GPs are eligible to obtain 40 Category 1 CPD points
  • User-defined – you define the parameters
  • Continuing annual education that is relevant to you and your patients
  • Complex patients can be assessed by two other HCPs through Team Care Arrangements (TCAs) arranged by OPC

Benefits for patients

  • Diagnosing potential undiagnosed patients for early intervention
  • Improving patient involvement in care through patient questionnaires
  • Self-management plans provide patients with a clear understanding of disease control to help monitor symptoms and better manage their condition and treatment.
  • Health benefits for patients e.g. avoidance of side effects through discontinuation of inappropriate treatments
  • Opportunities for patients to participate in research

It takes real-life data to understand further about chronic disease management in the real world. Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the COPD Clinical Review initiative!

COPD Clinical Review Tools

In addition to providing support to self-improvement, the OPC Clinical Audit program will provide a variety of tools and services to participants to enhance their practice, including, but not limited to:

  • Customisable disease-specific patient questionnaires. The questionnaires are designed to supplement information within the patient’s health records. Specifically, the questionnaires let the GP know how the disease or treatment affects the patient and the daily life. As the questionnaires can be done at the patient’s leisure and does not require a visit to the GP practice, it is a convenient route for the patient to update the GP on any new developments and act as a continual diary of the patient’s health.
  • Electronic health Record medical templates to streamline diagnostic and care processes to align with current best practice guidelines.
  • Provide referral and shared care pathways through the extensive OPC network of primary care givers and specialists, and promoting communication and collaborations between practitioners