Urgently required if we are to provide more useful Quality Assessment and Comparisons
Booking History, Debriefing, Audit and Staff Morale Examples
Possibly also in future, Questionnaires for Medical Research e.g. Prevalence Questionnaires
(Updated 3 Sept 2010)
Dr Kit Harling, an Occupational Health physician was reported in BMA news (1 Oct 2005) as saying a literature search in one aspect of his work had turned up 15,000 potential papers for review but only 31 were found to contain evidence robust enough to be useful. His comment “Why make up a questionnaire when there are validated tools out there?“ is just as valid in maternity care.
Yet questionnaire surveys on the quality of care play an increasingly important role in maternity care.
Sadly too many of such surveys seem to start with a blank sheet of paper. And too often seem to be made up in a random fashion by newly qualified IT graduates with no previous medical knowledge.
The intention of this volume of the EEPD is, in time, both to provide useful examples of questionnaires from other maternity units; and to provide links with validated tools which may be found elsewhere on the web,hopefully make it easier not to re-invent the wheel quite so often.
In time it is to be hoped this will encourage the development of a several validated perinatal questionnaires; which will facilitate more reliable comparisons of quality both over time within the same hospital and also between different hospitals.
More valuable than one might expect
Some such patient questionnaires, for example that used by Professor Wendy Graham with her questions about the reproductive health of siblings, have played a crucial role in documenting the true state of health and disease in developing countries in a way which has never been feasible using other methods.
Medical Research Questionnaires
In time it might be possible also to suggest direct links from specific data in an EPR to a specific Questionnaire being circulated for Medical Research e.g. Prevalence Questionnaires.
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Rupert Fawdry (Updated 4 September 2010)