This book will provide General Practitioners and all members of the primary care team with a practical guide to understanding the range of electronic tools available for clinical computer systems and electronic patient records. In particular it focuses on those that appear on most healthcare professionals' desktops. Drawing on practical and theoretical knowledge this book demonstrates how GPs and their teams can facilitate evidence-based practice lifelong learning and improved patient communication. Filled with practical tips and advice it can be used by individuals or as a teaching resource for small group work. It ties together clinical governance and health informatics and shows how existing systems in primary care can enable and deliver clinical governance help with patient-focused care and organisational learning and teamwork.
Introduction. From whose perspective? Lay involvement. Lay involvement strategies. Vignettes from the literature. Wider issues in involvement. Research methods employed in lay involvement. Questions to ask before getting involved in research. Regulation of patient data: Caldicott guardians. Research ethics committees. Human rights and ethics: guidelines and contracts. Successful public relations for your project.