Screening primary care records with a SPICT™ based tool (AnticiPal)

Hubbard et al recently published: An exploratory qualitative study of computer screening to support decision-making about use of palliative care registers in primary care. Journal of Primary Care & Community Health.

They used the AnticiPal electronic records search tool developed by the Primary Palliative Care Research Group at the University of Edinburgh based on READ codes that reflect key SPICT™ indicators. Key findings:

“Patients, carers and GPs thought computer screening should support but not replace GP decision-making about offering people palliative care, including care coordination via a Palliative Care Register. Computer screening merits ongoing development as a tool to aid clinical decision-making but should not be used as a sole criterion. Care need irrespective of diagnosis, disease trajectory or prognosis, should determine care provision.”