Dr Pat adds audit trail, chronic pain clinic to PAT

A full audit ability and a biopsychosocial assessment wizard for chronic pain have been added to the Patient Assistance Tool (PAT) developed by Bundaberg GP Pat Byrnes and distributed by Best Practice Software.

Dr Byrnes launched the PAT in August last year to provide a step-by-step approach to creating general practice management plans (GPMPs) for chronic disease.

The tool is a touchscreen software program designed for tablet use and to integrate with Best Practice.

The patient uses the tablet – either an iPad running remote desktop protocol (RDP) or a Windows tablet – in the waiting room to answer questions normally asked by the nurse.

The GP then uses the tool on his or her desktop during the consultation to go through a number of steps to create an automatically generated GPMP specifically determined by the answers. Only problem areas get into the GPMP.

PAT is based on a series of clinics covering common chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, COPD, osteoporosis and arthritis.

The design team has devised a number of interviewing wizards for the tool based on a mixture of cognitive behavioural therapy and motivational interviewing.

The tool interviews the patient about their smoking or exercise habits, for example, before they even see the doctor. This information is summarised in the GPMP as well.

The September release of the PAT contains a full audit ability, allowing a download into Excel for any clinic’s data between any time period for one or more doctors.

“With the latest version, the wizards are designed to be useful in a busy normal consultation,” Dr Byrnes said.

“There is a quick access icon which then allows the summary of the wizard to download into the Best Practice progress notes.”

The latest wizard also allows a biopsychosocial assessment to be done for chronic pain.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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