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. https://doi.org/10.1177/21501327211024402

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.”