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Learning Health System for Asthma

2016-12-22 21:23:22 | BioPortfolio

Summary

This study forms an initial phase of work aimed at developing a learning health system (LHS), whereby data relating to asthma is extracted from patient electronic health records (EHRs) across Scotland, analysed to explore variations in clinical practice and then shared with general practices to highlight any improvements that can be made so that they can better support people with asthma.

If successful, we hope to progress to the main quality improvement phase involving an increased number of practices and then incrementally building this up to cover the whole of Scotland.

Description

The UK has the highest rates of asthma in the world as well as some of the poorest health outcomes from asthma.

Investigations into asthma deaths in the UK have found that the way patients were managed in the time leading up to their death could be improved significantly and half of asthma deaths are potentially avoidable. For most people with asthma, symptoms can come and go and sometimes be erratic. To prevent these symptoms, there is a window of opportunity to intervene with the appropriate care. This window occurs between when someone experiences early symptoms like night cough or wheeze and when they experience a full-blown asthma attack.

Most people with asthma receive care primarily in their general practice. General practices have a history of using health information technology to care for their patients. The use of this technology over time has resulted in the creation of rich electronic healthcare data. Through this rich data there are opportunities to create a system whereby clinical management can be benchmarked and improvements highlighted.

This study forms an initial phase of work aimed at developing a learning health system (LHS), whereby data relating to asthma is extracted from patient electronic health records (EHRs) across Scotland, analysed to explore variations in clinical practice and then shared with general practices to highlight any improvements that can be made so that they can better support people with asthma.

If successful, we hope to progress to the main quality improvement phase involving an increased number of practices and then incrementally building this up to cover the whole of Scotland.

Study Design

Time Perspective: Retrospective

Conditions

Asthma

Intervention

No intervention

Location

University ot Edinburgh
Edinburgh
United Kingdom
EH8 9AG

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

University of Edinburgh

Results (where available)

View Results

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2016-12-22T21:23:22-0500

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