During 2016, Primary Care Quality is being introduced in Sweden. The system consists of a number of quality indicators, a specification for user friendly feedback and a national function receiving, calculating and returning statistical reference values.
The main purpose is simple follow-up and continuous improvement of work for doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other primary care professionals. The indicators are developed by representatives for the primary care professions and are created to give meaningful information, supporting health care improvement without causing any extra registrations.
At the health center, updated data from one’s own patients is provided, and national average numbers are given as a reference. Individual patients are possible to follow at the local level.
The indicators are calculated automatically, based on existing data, and are transferred to a national database, where average values are calculated and returned to the local level. These statistics will also be available as a basis for discussions on overall aims and challenges to primary care in Sweden.
The professional development has been going on for several years, funded by the joint investment on national quality registries by the Swedish government and the county councils. A traditional quality registry was not possible to create for Swedish primary care, due to problems with integrity and data volumes, but the overall aim is the same. The system is now linked to the work on quality management run by the SALAR, supported by the professional associations.
By connecting to Primary Care Quality Sweden, county councils give their health centers the opportunity to use relevant quality indicators. The connection provides three joint opportunities and commitments:
During 2016, resources are set aside to contribute with technical support associated with the connection process, free of charge.
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