122601 - Achieving Clinical Audits with Electronic Records (Asthma)
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The objective of this clinical audit is to optimise the quality of primary care provision to patients with moderate to severe asthma by:
• Reviewing and improving practices of documentation of the care process in patient electronic medical records.
• Aligning primary care process with the national and international best practice guidelines on asthma management and the asthma cycle of care.
The formulation of clinical guidelines alone is insufficient to ensure optimum asthma care. Clinical audits as a process of improving quality of patient care and outcomes by reviewing care against specific criteria and then reviewing the change can help in optimising care. Conducting audits is a proven method of improving efficiency, accountability and the quality of care in asthma.
Asthma affects 10% of Australians with many of these patients living with poor asthma control considering it to be ‘normal’. Evidence suggests that asthma could be assessed and managed better in a large proportion of patients, especially children under 15 years who bear the majority of the disease burden. Furthermore, hay fever or allergic rhinitis (AR) is one of the most common chronic respiratory conditions in Australia, with an estimated 3.2 million sufferers AR can cause significant irritation and discomfort, interfering with daily activities.
Studies have shown that up to 90% of patients with asthma have incorrect inhaler technique. In addition, AR is linked with the development of asthma. Approximately 2 million Australians suffer from asthma, and an estimated 700,000 patients have both asthma and AR (AIHW 2010). There is evidence that in patients who have concomitant AR and asthma, the asthma symptoms are more difficult to control, compared to patients with asthma alone.