To develop and evaluate a set of standards to promote quality and safety in Australian general practice.
Relevance to General Practice
The RACGP Standards for general practices (the Standards) provide a template for quality care and risk management in Australian general practice.
Our Standards are one of the pillars of safety and quality in the Australian healthcare system and are used by over 80% of Australian general practices for accreditation.
It is important that the RACGP Standards for general practices reflect contemporary general practice and pave the way for quality improvement and innovation.
It is estimated that in 2013 approximately 83% of general practitioner services were provided by accredited practices. A meta-analysis by O’Beirne et al (2012) found evidence that accreditation improved process activities in accredited health centres, such as levels of clinical activity or risk management activities.
- Describe how accreditation improves patient safety
- Describe why the RACGP develops and updates the Standards for general practices
- Outline the broad changes to the 5th edition Standards and how outcomes focused indicators be assessed during accreditation
- Describe mechanics and purpose of the pilot survey visit
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions