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The aim of this QI project

The aim is to ensure all patients on the COPD register have an accurate diagnosis of COPD using post-bronchodilator spirometry and the correct SNOMED code. This is the first of two projects, which involves a review of the COPD register; identifying patients who definitely have COPD and have the appropriate evidence for that diagnosis in their notes, patients who may have COPD but need further confirmatory testing, and those who do not have COPD and should be removed from the register. This project should be completed before the second project, which focuses on getting patients in for a diagnostic review if they do not have the evidence in their notes to support their diagnosis.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class="qitaskouterrow"][vc_column][vc_row_inner el_class="qigrey"][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

A recap on the evidence

Data collected from GP practices across Wales suggest that only 11.5% patients on the COPD registers have evidence of both:
  • Post-bronchodilator spirometry with FEV1/FVC ratio less than 0.7
  • AND the correct SNOMED code
This QI project will ensure that the COPD register is coded correctly, and every patient who does not have all the evidence they need is lined up for a diagnostic review.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class="qitaskouterrow"][vc_column][vc_row_inner el_class="qigrey"][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

What will I get for completing this project?

Good data entry directly improves patient care, which will also help you identify gaps or errors in the patient record or diagnosis. On completion of this QI project, you will also get a certificate for your work. You will also be able to use this QI project as evidence towards CPD and professional revalidation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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