Test Results Management Preliminary Consultation

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    The College’s Test Results Management policy is currently being reviewed. This policy sets out expectations for physicians regarding the management of all types of test results.

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    To assist with this review, we are inviting feedback from all stakeholders, including members of the medical profession, the public, health system organizations and other health professionals on the current policy. Comments received during this preliminary consultation will assist the College in updating the policy. When a revised draft is developed, it will be recirculated for further comment before it is finalized by Council.

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    We want to hear your thoughts on the current policy…

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    Background

    The College’s Test Results Management policy sets out expectations for physicians regarding the management of all types of test results including: expectations regarding developing and maintaining an effective system for managing test results and expectations regarding following up on test results appropriately.

    This policy recognizes that test results are managed within a complex health care system and physicians cannot control every variable in the test results process.  The policy establishes expectations for the variables that are in a physician’s control and outlines the steps physicians are expected to take to help prevent failures in follow-up on test results.  The policy outlines expectations for physicians involving: developing and maintaining an effective system for managing test results and following up on test results appropriately.

    There are a number of provisions in the Test Results Management policy that touch on continuity of care issues including, expectations with respect to receiving tests that a physician has not ordered; follow-up on tests after office hours; vacation coverage and handovers of care.  A separate preliminary consultation focusing on continuity of care issues is running concurrently with the preliminary consultation on the Test Results Management policy.  The continuity of care consultation can be accessed here.

    Have Your Say

    We would like to hear your thoughts on the current policy, along with suggestions you may have for how the policy could be improved.

    In particular, we are interested to know:

          • Does the policy provide useful guidance?
          • Are there issues not addressed in the current policy that should be addressed? If so, what are they?
          • Are there other ways in which the policy should be improved?

    Please provide your feedback by August 12, 2016.

    Next Steps

    The College is committed to ensuring that the Test Results Management policy reflects current practice issues, embodies the values and duties of medical professionalism, and is consistent with the College’s mandate to protect the public. The feedback obtained during this consultation will be carefully reviewed and used to evaluate the draft. While it may not be possible to ensure that every comment or suggested edit will be incorporated into the revised policy, all comments will be carefully considered.

    Once a revised draft policy has been developed, stakeholders will be invited to review the revised document and provide further feedback before it is considered for final approval by Council.

    Final decisions regarding policy revisions are made by College Council.

    To ensure transparency, the College will post all consultation feedback in accordance with our posting guidelines.

    We value your feedback and thank you again for participating in our policy review process.

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    Send us your feedback by mail:

    College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
    80 College Street
    Toronto, Ontario
    M5G2E2

    Attention: Policy Department