New resources aim to get GPs and patients on the same page

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The ‘first do no harm’ guide aims to improve therapeutic relationships, so patients get ‘maximum value’ from GPs.

A growing understanding that overdiagnosis, interventions with insufficient evidence and overused tests can all lead to patient harmwasted resources and misunderstandings around health literacy, has led to a new RACGP ‘living resource’ to help facilitate shared decisions about health.
 
First do no harm: A guide to choosing wisely in general practice was officially launched at GP22 on Friday 25 November by co-Chairs of the Expert Steering Group, Professor Mark Morgan and Dr Michael Tam.

Subject

Clinical Practice Guidelines

Value-based healthcare

Evidenced based medicine

Period29 Nov 2022

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  • TitleNew resources aim to get GPs and patients on the same page
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletNews GP
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Date29/11/22
    DescriptionThe ‘first do no harm’ guide aims to improve therapeutic relationships, so patients get ‘maximum value’ from GPs.
    A growing understanding that overdiagnosis, interventions with insufficient evidence and overused tests can all lead to patient harm, wasted resources and misunderstandings around health literacy, has led to a new RACGP ‘living resource’ to help facilitate shared decisions about health.

    First do no harm: A guide to choosing wisely in general practice was officially launched at GP22 on Friday 25 November by co-Chairs of the Expert Steering Group, Professor Mark Morgan and Dr Michael Tam.

    ‘As much as anything else [in clinical practice], gathering information in a succinct, easy-to-see way around particular topics is important,’ Professor Morgan told newsGP.

    ‘It also helps with respect to conversations – it provides information in a way that helps GPs to explain and share decisions with patients.’

    Each First do no harm topic, as part of the library of resources, will grow with each new entry and is mirrored by a patient-facing resource that explains to patients why GPs are making their recommendations – the same model as the RACGP’s Handbook of non-drug interventions (HANDI).

    The initial five topics, each comprising GP and patient resources, in the First do no harm guide are:

    Imaging in adults with acute low back pain
    Management of subclinical hypothyroidism
    MTHFR gene testing
    Vitamin C infusions
    Vitamin D testing
    Producer/AuthorMorgan Liotta
    PersonsMark Morgan