Dialogue Volume 13 Issue 2 2017 - Page 12

feature Understanding the general quality project in Dialogue at the end of 2015 indicators that will be used to evaluate (Volume 11, Issue 4) and highlighted a practice goes a long way in help- how assessors were building con- ing a physician prepare for their peer sensus in the assessment approach assessment. But actually creating a by developing criteria for evaluat- plan to move a specific aspect of your ing quality care and supporting the practice from ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ can consistency of assessor feedback and also be challenging. decision-making. So in an effort to give more direction One of the new resources – the Peer for quality improvement on specific topics, Assessment Handbook – is a product of that Dr. Aliya Khan College assessors and invited physicians created consensus-building and lays out the elements that Quality Improvement (QI) Resources for important demonstrate high-quality care and record-keeping for conditions and patient presentations relevant to their each specialty. speciality. (See an example page pulled from a QI If you are a family physician, for example, you can Resource above). review the Family Medicine Peer Assessment Hand- “Reflecting on past assessments, peer assessors iden- book for the general elements of quality that demon- tified areas where a physician might choose to improve strate effective history taking and management plans the care they provide for specific common conditions, relevant for the diverse types of patient presentations such as hypoparathyroidism,” said Dr. Aliya Khan, you see in your particular practice. These quality indi- College peer assessor in endocrinology and clinical cators will help you identify potential deficiencies and professor in the department of medicine at McMaster highlight opportunities for practice improvement. 12 Dialogue Issue 2, 2017