Primary quality control in Israel Air Force clinics

H. Gilutz, A. Shamis, D. Ben-Amitay, A. Burger, Y. G. Caine

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Abstract

The practice of primary medicine within a military framework differs from that in the civilian environment in: accessibility, its consumers, obligations of the providers, involvement of the funder (the commanders), and ability to define and enforce professional guide lines. These differences influence the scope of medical service, as well as affect the methods and results of quality control. A system of quality control evaluation and feedback of military primary care in 16 Israel Air Force clinics was carried out by a team of experienced physicians using peer group review and according to a specially prepared protocol. Emphasis was placed on medical record assessment using obligatory markers of adequate medical evaluation and treatment. Identification of the population at risk, further medical training, and medical administration with a direct effect on the quality of medical treatment were also evaluated. 2 quality control surveys with feedback were carried out 6 months apart. The overall mean score was 81.66 +/- 7.16% at the first evaluation, increasing to 88.60 +/- 7.46% at the second (p < 0.01). The greatest improvements were in follow-up of population at risk (increasing from 68.4% to 86.4%, p < 0.025), training of medical teams, (from 75.7% to 87.5%, p < 0.05) and patient case management (from 79.4% to 85.1%, N.S.). Categories in which there was no improvement were medical records, recovery of old medical files and patient education. The categories in which there was improvement had a common denominator: "recognition of importance" and "provision of patterns" by headquarters. The quality control system was designed for routine use, and not as a research project.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)570-573, 628
JournalHarefuah
Volume126
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1994
Externally publishedYes

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