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INFORMEG, a new evaluation system for family medicine trainees : Feasibility in an Italian rural setting

Cavicchi, A.; Venturini, S.; Petrazzuoli, F. LU ; Buono, N. and Bonetti, D. (2016) In Rural and Remote Health 16(3).
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Introduction: In Italy the course to become a general practitioner (GP) lasts 3 years and includes both theoretical and practical study. Different from the theoretical part, until recently the practical activity has not been assessed at all. The Emilia Romagna Regional Health Authority has developed a special program called INFORMEG (Management of Tutoring during the Triennial Specific Training in General Practice), aimed at assessing primary doctor trainees' practical skills. INFORMEG includes a list of predefined cases of specific diseases, conditions or health problem, a web application and a smartphone app, aimed at assisting trainee self-management and helping the tutor in the assessment of trainee performance. The Emilia Romagna... (More)

Introduction: In Italy the course to become a general practitioner (GP) lasts 3 years and includes both theoretical and practical study. Different from the theoretical part, until recently the practical activity has not been assessed at all. The Emilia Romagna Regional Health Authority has developed a special program called INFORMEG (Management of Tutoring during the Triennial Specific Training in General Practice), aimed at assessing primary doctor trainees' practical skills. INFORMEG includes a list of predefined cases of specific diseases, conditions or health problem, a web application and a smartphone app, aimed at assisting trainee self-management and helping the tutor in the assessment of trainee performance. The Emilia Romagna Regional Health Authority divided the pre-defined cases into three categories (A, B and C) according to their relevance to a trainee's education and coded them using the International Classification of Primary Care (ICPC). The aim of this project report is to illustrate the implementation of INFORMEG in a rural setting. Methods: Program evaluation took place from 2 May to 31 October 2013 during GPs' routine clinical activities. The following steps were accomplished during every meeting: (1) consultation recording; (2) identification of the reason for the encounter (RfE); (3) classification of the diagnostic procedure(s) performed (diagnostic/therapeutic/test results/administrative/advice); (4) classification of special procedures called 'practical clinical skills' and (5) elaboration of the final diagnosis after the encounter. Results: The number of cases of specific disease or condition encountered by the trainee were 98 for type A, 57 for type B and 22 for type C. A total of 605 RfEs were collected: 376 for type A cases, 147 for type B cases and 82 for type C cases. A total of 976 procedures were performed during the 6 months: 590 procedures for the type A cases, 271 for type B and 115 for type C. Conclusions: The pre-selected health problems were almost all addressed, thus confirming the good degree of representativeness of these clinical cases even in a rural setting. The ICPC coding helped the trainee in the construction of the case according to the logical process of family medicine. Two things to amend in INFORMEG are the absence of common arrhythmic conditions such as atrial fibrillation and the absence of means to assess the patient-trainee relationship.

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  author       = {Cavicchi, A. and Venturini, S. and Petrazzuoli, F. and Buono, N. and Bonetti, D.},
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  title        = {INFORMEG, a new evaluation system for family medicine trainees : Feasibility in an Italian rural setting},
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