Mauldon, E and Radford, J and Todd, A, Expanding capacity for supervision in general practice through student-engaged clinical audit, Quality in Primary Care, 22, (1) pp. 35-41. ISSN 1479-1072 (2014) [Refereed Article]
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Methods: A clinical audit curriculum was developed for fourth-year medical students at the Launceston Clinical School (n = 46) and implemented during their general practice rotation. This included a lecture and tutorial, and structured activities based on an audit of diabetes care. Preparation and support was provided to GP supervisors and practice staff through ongoing practice visits conducted by school academics. Implementation of the curriculum within general practice was evaluated through focus groups conducted with staff from five training practices (n = 29). Evaluation of student experiences is ongoing.
Results: This paper reports on the experiences of general practice supervisors and other practice staff. GPs and practice staff responded positively, indieating that the syllabus provided novel teaching opportunities and a modest contribution to improving patient records and patient care. Major learning opportunities identified included the development of skills working with patient records and practice software, and understanding the importance of accurate and reliable medical records for the optimal delivery of patient care.
Conclusions: Conducting clinical audit provides students with novel learning opportunities while also strengthening the capacity of teaching general practices to provide clinical placements. Students learnt about the importance of monitoring professional practice using systematic clinical audit, and the complexities of managing patients within primary care. In so doing, they enhanced the robustness and rigor of patient records within their placement practice.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||clinical audit, general practice, preceptorship, professional education, quality improvement|
|Research Division:||Medical and Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Public Health and Health Services|
|Research Field:||Primary Health Care|
|Objective Division:||Education and Training|
|Objective Field:||Syllabus and Curriculum Development|
|UTAS Author:||Mauldon, E (Dr Emily Mauldon)|
|UTAS Author:||Radford, J (Associate Professor Jan Radford)|
|UTAS Author:||Todd, A (Mrs Anne Todd)|
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