The evaluation of RPR
The evaluation of regular practice review (Malatest International)
Regular practice review (RPR) is a quality improvement process. Its primary purpose is to help maintain and improve the standards of the medical profession by helping individual doctors identify aspects of their performance that could be improved, benefiting not only their own professional development but also the quality of care their patients receive. RPR has been implemented through the bpacnzInpractice programme from July 2013.
In July 2014, Malatest International commenced its evaluation of RPR as implemented through the recertification programme for general registrants administered by bpacnz. The focus of the evaluation is on what is being achieved by RPR.
As with any programme, it is important to evaluate the RPR programme to ensure it is working as intended, to understand outcomes for participating doctors and to inform ongoing programme development.
Council has commissioned an evaluation of the RPR programme to determine whether:
- RPR helps individual doctors identify areas of strength and areas of their practice that could be improved such as assisting in the planning of professional development
- Doctors act on the RPR report and make changes
- RPR helps assure Council that competence is being maintained
- RPR has any impact on the quality of care being delivered to patients
- RPR has any impact on indicators that suggest improved clinical outcomes
The evaluation findings are based on self-reported changes from the reviewed doctors which are captured through surveys and interviews. Data is being collected at two points in time, 2 weeks after the RPR and 12 months after the RPR.
The Evaluation report – August 2016: Evaluation of the Regular Practice Review Programme incorporates the most recent survey results. The report includes 249 survey responses and 47 interviews from 2 weeks post RPR. It also includes 76 responses from the 12 month survey and 12 interviews conducted one year after RPR.