July 15, 2021

Basic Tips For How To Improve Your Case Review

First of all, use your PMD to help you navigate the RL6 system so that its challenges do not distract too much from your main goal of hosting a valuable peer review session for your team. We have found that the dates that are submitted for when the case is entered and when it will be completed are super important. If you are having trouble navigating the RL6 system, I  would contact Jayne Genier.

Secondly, when you host your session for your group, I would be careful not to try to cover too many cases. More is not better. Would aim to cover 3-5 cases in an hour, so pick the best cases, of most interest to the group.  We also communicate with the providers beforehand and ask if anyone has a particularly important or valuable case that they want to discuss.

We oftentimes simply have a discussion that begins with the provider who submitted the case.  Then the person who reviews the case leads the discussion and tries to extrapolate some lessons learned.  Then we typically open up the discussion to the entire group so that others can give their feedback or insight.  We keep a close eye on the time.

There are some times when important topics might come up for discussion and strengthen the learning that can occur, we have created some PowerPoint slides to help focus on some teaching points.  There are several power points that we will add to this site to exemplify this.

Another way that you might crystalize some teaching points might be to write up a brief summary of what was discussed at your session.  This could be shared with your group after the meeting is over.  Again, we will append a copy of what we have used at Pickett Road.

While the usual cases that are submitted for peer review relate back to either missed opportunities or a delay in a diagnosis, this does not have to be the standard or the rule that is followed.  Your group could decide to focus on a particular challenge or opportunity, such as how to best approach patients whose blood pressure is not under control.  We will append some notes on how that goes when we shift our focus to a particular clinical challenge in September.

If you have questions, comments, or challenges, please let me know.  I would also love to either attend one of your peer review sessions for your site or help you prep for the upcoming meeting.  Please just send me an email and we will connect.

Lastly, after each session, I would ask for feedback from your group so that you can learn about what was effective and what might be changed so that the session can be more valuable for everyone.