Plan your healthy weight quality improvement activity
Quality improvement (QI) is a process of regularly reviewing and refining your practice’s systems, structures and clinical care to improve patient outcomes and practice efficiency, underpinned by the Quadruple Aim of Healthcare.
Whether your general practice is accredited or non-accredited, undertaking QI activities can deliver better outcomes for both the practice and patients by improving quality, safety, efficiency, productivity and sustainability.
Gathering and recording health indicators such as physical activity level, HbA1C, alcohol intake and weight (with patient consent) can help create a picture over time of a patient’s health and chronic disease risk. This information can also be used to track the progress of health behaviour related goals set with the patient.
Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles provide a framework to help you develop, manage and test your QI activities.
PDSA cycles can be used by general practices wishing to start QI activities to:
- Ensure that clinical data is accurate and up to date
- Identify patients that might potentially benefit from their GP (or other applicable health professional) completing the Conversations About Weight online weight management training.
- assist with meeting the Practice Incentives Program Quality Improvement (PIP QI) measures
To help get you started, below are some PDSA cycle suggestions specific to health behaviours and weight management.
For more information, contact the team at Practice Assist or visit the links below:
Practice Assist Practice Incentive Program (PIP)
Practice QI Incentive Guidance
Other information you may find useful
Five tips for difficult conversations in the clinic – Cancer Council WA
Effective communication in the clinic – Cancer Council WA
Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for the clinical setting – Cancer Council WA
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