Independent Health Facilities “Clinical Practice Parameters and Facility Standards for Pulmonary Function Studies”

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    IHF Clinical Practice Parameters and Facility Standards for Pulmonary Function Studies

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    In accordance with the College’s regular review cycle, the Independent Health Facilities (IHF) program’s “Clinical Practice Parameters and Facility Standards for Pulmonary Function Studies” have been updated. The document is designed to assist physicians in their clinical decision-making by providing a framework for assessing and treating clinical conditions in Pulmonary Function facilities.

    The College is inviting feedback from the profession, the public and other stakeholders on the updated draft IHF Clinical Practice Parameters and Facility Standards for Pulmonary Function Studies, which is an update to the 2008 document.

    Background

    The primary purpose of this document is to assist physicians in developing their own quality management program and act as a guide for assessing the quality of patient care provided in Pulmonary Function facilities.

    The role of the IHF program at the CPSO is to develop and maintain professional standards within facilities (quality assurance aspect of licensing) through regular assessments based on Clinical Practice Parameters and Facility Standards. This dovetails with the College’s quality improvement mandate.

    The Independent Health Facilities Act (IHFA) gives the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario the primary responsibility for carrying out quality assessments in Independent Health Facilities, which includes responsibility for developing and regular updating of clinical practice parameters and facility standards.

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