Quality care checklists are a form with a series of questions but unlike some other practice forms these forms are not submitted back to the practice when you complete them. They are for your own use to help you develop a better understanding of your condition(s), including where relevant options with local support.
How to use them
Many will use quality care checklists just for information or may access local services without ever needing to attend their GP practice. Some will use a checklist to support a conversation they will have with a practice clinician. Some will use a checklist after a practice consultation to follow up on an action that was discussed in a consultation.
What individual patients do with a checklist will be variable. Some will do nothing on the checklist but they will have developed a broader understanding and may consider some of the options in the future, some will do everything relevant on the list.
What type of questions do checklists ask
Quality care checklists fundamentally ask 4 key questions of patients to help them with their care.
- Are you aware about an aspect of your condition? May include
Broad aspects (e.g., what lifestyle risk factors are relevant for your condition) or
Specific points about your condition? (e.g., What the range of your target blood test value might be for your condition)
- Would this option be helpful to you? May include
Local support (e.g., direct access to mental health psychological support) or
A practice option (e.g., online access to your investigations)
- How can you be better protected and made safer? (e.g., if you potentially are at a higher risk of sepsis providing information on how you can detect sepsis early)
- How can you plan for potential future events? (e.g., a care plan)
Not all quality care checklists will cover all 4 questions, but may just focus on one such as safety.