A Toolkit to Improve Care for Pediatric Patients with Genetic Conditions in Primary Care
This FREE toolkit was developed by the GPCI to help pediatric primary care providers integrate genetics into their practice. The toolkit was developed in conjunction with a team of providers and refined during a 10 month quality improvement project through the American Academy of Pediatrics Quality Improvement Innovation Networks (QuIIN).
The toolkit is a result of lessons learned and vetted strategies tested by 13 pediatric primary care practices who participated in the GPCI Quality Improvement Project (QIP). For more information about the GPCI QIP, including project measures, educational materials, and protocols, please visit the AAP QuIIN website.
When the GPCI QIP began, participating practice teams were skeptical about how they'd be able to start taking family histories for all of their patients, and had no idea how many patients in their care had diagnosed or suspected genetic conditions. But within a few short months, they were successfully able to make small changes in their work flow and implement many of the goals that were outlined in the project. Six months post-project, the practices surpassed their goals and continued sustaining the changes they'd made. In the words of one participant, "all of the clinicians in our practice are extremely dedicated to making sure that our patients receive the best care possible, and we desperately want to make sure that our patients will have access to all of the benefits of personalized, genomic medicine". If these practices can do it, you can too!
Using Quality Improvement (QI) strategies as the foundation for incorporating family health history and genetic services into the primary care practice, providers can take a step-by-step approach to improving care for all patients in their care. The Toolkit can be used as a formal approach to using QI in a primary care setting, or as an ad hoc reference for improving identification and management of patients with genetic conditions. Finally, using this toolkit will also help your clinic improve systems of care that can be applied to other patient populations in your practice.
The toolkit is broken up into 5 sections:
- Getting Started
- Collecting Family Health History
- Identifying Patients with Suspected Genetic Conditions
- Providing Appropriate Care for Patients with Genetic Conditions
- Coordinating Care for Patients with Genetic Conditions.
Each section contains steps for your practice to take in identifying and caring for patients with genetic conditions. The focus areas contain action steps, tools, communication tips, and additional resources to help you implement this toolkit. There are also examples from the practices who participated in the quality improvement project to show that you too can integrate genetics into your practice.
Download the toolkit and get started today!
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Archived Webinar: Successful QI Strategies for Integrating Genetics into a Pediatric Primary Care Practice
A webinar was held to discuss the project accomplishments, as well as best practices learned regarding how to integrate genetics into a pediatric primary care practice. You may access the archived webinar presentation here.
1. Amy Driscoll, MD, FAAP - Co-Chairperson
2. Beth A. Tarini, MD, MS, FAAP - Co-Chairperson
3. Michael L. Rinke, MD, PhD - QI Expert
4. Ruth S. Gubernick, MPH, PhD - QI Advisor