Background and aims: This project explores primary care data quality (DQ) across Scotland.
Methods and results: A survey was sent to primary care staff in winter 2019. National data regarding Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) performance indicators and the GP software system used was obtained, analysed with T-tests and Chi-squared tests. Overall QOF performance with non-financial incentives from 918 practices was 77%. There was no significant difference with overall QOF performance against GP system (p = 0.46) or if the practice had a coder (p = 0.06). From the survey, search systems that make it hard to search for particular codes was the most important barrier to DQ; 61% of respondents (n = 491) felt there was particular information GPs should code, 16% of respondents stated that hospital discharge letters generally include corresponding codes and 9% for outpatient correspondence; 43% stated their practice had undertaken steps to improve DQ, training was the most common initiative, followed by workflow optimisation, dedicated coder(s), audit, guidelines and using code lists; 80% (n = 475) of respondents had received training in using their GP system, an average of eight years ago.
Conclusion: Obtaining improved GP systems, training, agreeing what GPs should code and improving transfer of data should be explored.
- Data accuracy
- Health Services Administration
- electronic health records
- primary health care
- surveys and questionnaires