What kind of outcomes could result from reflection on GP Explore data?

There are many outcomes which could arise from your review of the GP Explore report, and reflection on your individual report will also take into consideration the broader context of your GP Explore data collection and your learning. The following table gives some examples of the kinds of outcomes which may arise- but this will vary depending on individual circumstances. 

Observation from GP Explore report 

Possible questions/solutions 

Low numbers of paediatric or older patients compared with peers 

  • Is this impacting on the paediatric logbook completion also? 
  • Is there a need to speak with the practice team about encouraging more exposure to paediatric or older patients? 
  • Does the registrar feel confident managing paediatric or older patients? 
  • When they see paediatric or older patients are they returning for follow up appointments? 
  • Do they require some extra support managing paediatric or older patients? 
  • Are there opportunitites for the registrar to accompany the supervisor on nursing home visits? 

Consults are typically longer compared with peers 

  • Complete a case audit looking at the GP Explore data sheet and filtering it to show longer consults: 
  • What types of presentations, diagnosis and management are being included in longer consults? 
  • Are there ways of managing these things more effectively? 
  • Would role playing prioritisation of patient lists assist? 
  • Discuss the tension between registrar’s confidence to manage consultations and the business perspective of General Practice. 

Lack of opportunity with musculoskeletal medicine 

  • Is this an area you feel confident in? 
  • This is often an area of concern for registrars preparing for summative assessments 
  • Would it be useful to role play some musculoskeletal examinations? 

No patients recorded who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander  

  • How does the registrar know if the patient identifies as Aboriginal and or Torres Strat Islander? 
  • Why is it important to record this information? 
  • How would they ask this question in a respectful way? 
  • What other healthcare services might patients with this background have access to through the practice? (eg. 715 – Health assessments) 

Low levels of follow up compared with peers 

  • Complete a case audit looking at the GP Explore data sheet and filtering it to show consults with no follow up: 
  • What types of presentations, diagnosis and management are being included in these cases? 
  • Is it appropriate to request follow up? 
  • When is it critical / or desirable to request follow-up? 
  • What barriers exist to seeking patient follow up? 
  • Would role playing requesting patient to book in for follow-up assist? 

Updated on August 18, 2020

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