CALLING ALL GRACE CLINICIANS: Your opinions are needed on patient pathways for LRTI management in your network

Background

 

The GRACE-02 study, part of WP8, used interviews with clinicians’ and patients’ in several primary care networks in Europe to capture their beliefs about antibiotic resistance and the factors that influence management for patients with LRTI across Europe.

 

To help us interpret these interviews we needed to gain an idea of the wider health care setting in each European network. We carried out an interview with the National Network Coordinator in each network and collected relevant information from the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (Health system profiles) to produce a descriptive map of the factors which could potentially influence a patient’s journey through the health care system. We called this the ‘patient pathway’ (PP).

 

The PP followed the natural timeline of a patient’s experience, from the initial presentation with symptoms of LRTI, over the diagnosis of the symptoms, to finally the management of symptoms. We developed 13 PPs between 2007 and 2008 to provide information on each primary care network participating in WP8.

 

Your opinions

 

We would like to check the PPs and greatly value your opinions on the PP produced for the network you work in. To view a PP, click the name of the relevant network to download as a pdf and then use the scroll bar to move along and down to view the whole PP. Please email your comments to patientpathways@cf.ac.uk. This email address will only be checked by members of the GRACE WP8 research team and your comments may contribute towards us revising the PP. We may want to email you back to discuss your comments further.

 

In your email please state: 

  • The network and country you work in
  • The PP you are commenting on
  • Your profession (e.g. GP)
  • Your general comments on the PP
  • Any specific comments on the PP:

-        Does the PP capture the health care system in your network?

-        Is the PP missing any important information?

-        Is there an area where the PP is incorrect or misleading?