Quality in Practice
What is Practice Checkup?
Practice Checkup is about Continuing Quality Improvement
Drawing on information from the Renewal Information Form (RIF) and other College databases, Practice Checkup will provide every Albertan physician with a practice-specific report annually. The report will help physicians gain insight into their practice and highlight opportunities for practice quality improvement and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Physicians can expect their first Practice Checkup report in August-September 2017.
Developed with extensive input from our members, the Practice Checkup report will continue to be refined based on feedback and ongoing research. In future, the information gathered will also assist in selecting physicians to participate in a more in-depth competence assessment process. See the process and learn more about Individual Practice Review and Group Practice Review.
Reports enable self-assessment
Practice Checkup encourages physicians to use the principles of continuous quality improvement to assess their own practices, as shown in the diagram below (from Physician Practice Improvement, Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada).
Self-assessment requires weighing strengths and identifying challenges: Are there factors that support practice quality? Are there factors that may place practice at risk? Can these factors be modified, and if not, are there steps that can be taken to mitigate risk? Physicians are encouraged to:
Consider patients: Are their needs being met? What is the feedback from colleagues?
Ask others for feedback on personal observations and thoughts, or obtain feedback through formal external assessment.
Physicians not selected to participate in an IPR or GPR can generate their own assessment activities, or ask for assistance from the national educational colleges (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and College of Family Physicians of Canada), the faculties of medicine (Continuing Professional Development or the Physician Learning Program) or this College, which will have resources and advice available.
Timely, practice-specific information that highlights opportunities for continuous quality improvement – that’s Practice Checkup.
Yes, regulated members are mandated by the Health Professions Act to complete a quality improvement initiative at least every five years. This includes the Practice Checkup for all physicians, and Individual Practice Review (IPR) and Group Practice Review (GPR) for selected or referred physicians. Rules for Member Participation
You will be referred to the College’s Deputy Registrar to discuss alternatives.
From the Renewal Information Form (RIF) completed by every physician each year (or application form, for new physicians) and other College databases. Prescribing reports may include information from the Triplicate Prescription Program (TPP).
Rather than assessing every physician every five years, the College is asking physicians to be proactive in using the principles of continuous quality improvement to assess their own practices, as shown in the diagram above (from Physician Practice Improvement, Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada). Physicians will receive practice-specific reports from the College based on from the Renewal Information Form (RIF) and and other College databases, and will be expected to reflect on the data, identify opportunities to improve their practice, develop a plan and access resources and Continuing Professional Development activities that support quality improvement.
Physicians who complete a self-reflection exercise and generate a personalized learning plan or make changes to their practices based on data provided in their Practice Checkup report may be eligible for CPD credits offered through the College of Family Physicians of Canada or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.