QIM 7 – Alcohol status recording
Excessive consumption is associated with health and social problems in all populations. Many chronic conditions share common risk factors that are largely preventable, including excessive alcohol consumption. While fewer Australians are drinking at levels that contribute to alcohol-related harm, about 26% of people drink more than is recommended on a single occasion, and they do this at least once each month.
Note a record and date stamped Change Track Audit C is the gold standard where clinical information systems have this functionality.
Proportion of regular clients who are aged 15 years and over and who have had their alcohol consumption status recorded at the primary health care service.
Alcohol consumption status has been recorded if the health service has either:
a) A record of whether the client consumes alcohol; or
b) A record specifying the amount and frequency of the client's alcohol consumption
CAT Starting Point:
CAT4 starting point
RECIPE Steps Filters:
- In the “General” Tab, enter Start Age = 15
- Click "Recalculate"
- Click ‘Hide Filters’
- Select the "Alcohol" tab
This report will show you the alcohol status of your selected patient group and will allow you to measure improvement over time by comparing your reports. The percentage of patients with 'Nothing Recorded' are those patients without an alcohol status recorded
To Export Patient List to Microsoft Excel:
1. Click on the “Export Icon”at the top of the Patient Reidentification window.
2. Click on “Excel”
3. Choose a file name and a location to save to (eg. Create a folder C:/ClinicalAudit/CAT Patient FollowUp)
4. Click “Save”
The steps above will produce a list of patients with contact details in MS Excel which can then be used to:
1. Go back through the individual patient records in the GP Clinical Desktop System (CDS) and update known records
2. Phone patients to update their record
3. Produce a mail merge to recall patients for follow up
Optional: Use Recall CAT SMS and voice messages for patient recall
Full details are here: Recall CAT
After you have applied one or more filters and/or cross tabulations and have selected the group of patients of interest, you will see the choices for SMS Recall and other options at the bottom of the patient re-identification report. This can be applied to all of our CAT Recipes or any custom search you want to perform.
CAT Starting Point:
The Patient Reidentification window displays your list of filtered patients
You can refine the selection manually by clicking the 'Refine Selection' button.
If you click on "SMS Recall", the "SMS Recall" window will be displayed with the name of your clinic. Enter a message that relates to the purpose of the notification. There are a number of options under the inclusion criteria:
- Patients who have opted out of receiving SMS from your clinic are removed by default
- Linking your online booking system to the SMS recall
- Include the opt-out message in the SMS for patient to "STOP" receiving SMS notifications sent through CAT4
Clicking on "Send" will send the message to all patients with a valid mobile phone number in their record. A confirmation message will prompt you with the number of messages to be sent and the required credits. Click yes to send the SMS recall.
After sending a SMS or Voice Message you will see a message like this one (for SMS)
For full details on the prompt history, click on 'Prompts' and select 'SMS and Voicemail'
Recall CAT - Message History: http://help.pencs.com.au/display/CG/Recall+CAT+-+Message+History
Optional: Create a prompt to display in Topbar
Remember you need to be in the CAT4 Daily View to be able to create prompts. Other pre-requisites are:
- Topbar is installed
- CAT4 is linked to Topbar via Edit/Preferences/Topbar - check here for details: Linking CAT4 to Topbar
To start CAT4 in the Daily View, click on the 'Daily View' icon in the dashboard:
Once you have applied the filter(s) and displayed the patients of interest as described above, you can create a prompt that will be shown to all clinicians using Topbar if a patient meeting the prompt criteria is opened in their clinical system. The full guide is available at CAT PLUS PROMPTS and a short guide on how to create prompts in CAT4 can be found at Creating a Prompt in CAT4
To start you have to use the drop-down menu at the bottom of the patient details report and select "Prompt at Consult - Topbar" then click on "Go" to give the new prompt a name.
The name you enter is the prompt text displayed in Topbar, so choose a simple but clear name that tells the clinician seeing the prompt what should be done.