Matched comparison of GP and consultant rating of electronic discharge summaries

Stainkey, Lesley, Pain, Tilley, McNichol, Margaret, Hack, John, and Roberts, Lynden (2010) Matched comparison of GP and consultant rating of electronic discharge summaries. Health Information Management Journal, 39 (3). pp. 7-15.

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Abstract

Queensland Health is implementing a state-wide system to electronically generate and distribute discharge summaries. Previously, general practitioners (GPs) have indicated that the quality of the discharge summary does not support clinical handover. While the electronic system will address some issues (e.g. legibility and timeliness), the quality of the discharge summary content is predominantly independent of method of generation. As discharge summaries are usually generated by interns, we proposed that improvement in the quality of the summary may be achieved through education. This project aimed to compare the perceptions of hospital-based consultant educators and recipient GPs regarding discharge summary content and quality. The discharge summary and audit tool were sent to the recipient GP (n=134) and a hospital consultant (n=14) for satisfaction rating, using a 5- point Likert scale for questions relating to diagnosis, the listing of clinical management, medication, pathology, investigations, and recommendations to GP. Sampling was performed by selecting up to 10 discharge summaries completed by each first-year intern (n=36) in 2009, during the second, third and fourth rotations at the Townsville Hospital until a total of 403 was reached. Matched responses were compared using the Kappa statistic. The response rate was 93% (n=375) and 63% (n=254) for consultants and GPs respectively. Results from this study demonstrated that GPs were more satisfied with discharge summaries than were consultants. An anomaly occurred in three questions where, despite the majority of GPs rating satisfied or very satisfied, a small but proportionally greater number of GPs were very dissatisfied when compared with consultants. Poor or fair agreement between GPs and consultants was demonstrated in medications, pathology results, investigations and recommendations to GP, with GPs rating higher satisfaction in all questions. Lower consultant satisfaction ratings compared with GP ratings suggest that consultants can evaluate discharge summary content to the level required by GPs for clinical handover. Therefore, consultants can appropriately educate interns on discharge summary content for GP needs.

Item ID: 16315
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1833-3575
Keywords: medical records, computerised, patient discharge, education, general practice, hospital medical staff, quality assurance
Date Deposited: 11 May 2011 05:20
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111709 Health Care Administration @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920207 Health Policy Evaluation @ 100%
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