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Developing patient reference groups within general practice: a mixed-methods study.

Smiddy, J., Reay, J., Peckham, Stephen, Williams, L., Wilson, Patricia M. (2015) Developing patient reference groups within general practice: a mixed-methods study. British Journal of General Practice, 65 (632). e177-e183. ISSN 0960-1643. (doi:10.3399/bjgp15X683989) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:47628)

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Abstract

Background Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are required to demonstrate meaningful patient and public engagement and involvement (PPEI). Recent health service reforms have included financial incentives for general practices to develop patient reference groups (PRGs).

Design and setting A mixed-methods approach within three case study sites in England.

Results Evidence highlighted variations in the establishment of PRGs, with the number of active PRGs via practice websites ranging from 27% to 93%. Such groups were given a number of descriptions such as patient reference groups, patient participation groups, and patient forums. Data analysis highlighted that the mode of operation varied between virtual and tangible groups and whether they were GP- or patient-led, such analysis enabled the construction of a typology of PRGs. Evidence reviewed suggested that groups functioned within parameters of the DES with activities limited to practice level. Data analysis highlighted a lack of strategic vision in relation to such groups, particularly their role within an overall patient and PPEI framework).

Conclusion Findings identified diversity in the operationalisation of PRGs. Their development does not appear linked to a strategic vision or overall PPEI framework. Although local pragmatic issues are important to patients, GPs must ensure that PRGs develop strategic direction if health reforms are to be addressed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3399/bjgp15X683989
Uncontrolled keywords: general practice, incentives, patient groups, typology
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R729 Types of medical practice > R729.5.G4 General practice
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Patricia Wilson
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2015 14:55 UTC
Last Modified: 06 May 2020 03:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/47628 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Peckham, Stephen: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7002-2614
Wilson, Patricia M.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5787-9736
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