Practices manage significant numbers of patients with long term conditions (LTCs e.g. asthma, contraception, COPD etc). These patients are required to be reviewed on a periodic basis to ensure their conditions are being managed, and that they are not deteriorating.
How can eConsult help manage long term condition patients?
eConsult has developed clinical review questionnaires that will allow patients to provide information ahead or instead of their review appointment.
Clinical review questionnaires are shorter than other eConsults, so patients who need to submit reviews can do so quickly and safely.
The following review questionnaires are now available to all practices:
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Contraceptive pill
A practice in Cornwall sent 100 texts to their asthmatic patients during ‘QOF season’. In less than one week they received 96 completed asthma eConsult review questionnaires. This cohort of patients had previously been sent letters by the practice inviting them for their annual review but they had ignored them. Texting the direct link makes it much easier for patients to complete.