Reducing unneeded tests in primary care

Attended an interesting presentation from THE BENCHMARKING PARTNERSHIP LIMITED. They are branching out into Primary Care Pathology Demand Optimisation. Locally I’m working with the acute trust to reduce the number of inappropriate tests ordered by GPs (with some success) and we wanted to horizon scan. TBP have been doing this elsewhere and have also looked at and have a load of fascinating data on under ordering as well as over ordering. They have also done a lot of work on Diabetes care and can show some clear benefits in terms of HBA1C control. (I suspect the Hawthorne effect helps). One of the key benefits is they appear to be able to extract rich data and manipulate it from path lab systems and are getting good at presenting it as useful info.

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