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30Apr

HealthPathways COVID-19 Update – Thursday 30 April

Today’s update covers:

  • the new Base COVID-19 section structure
  • the updated Base COVID-19 Ongoing Assessment and Management pathway
  • building your COVID-19 Impact for Clinical Care page from community-wide CE notes

Latest updates

New Base COVID-19 section structure

As the HealthPathways COVID-19 response package has evolved over the past few weeks, the set of COVID-19 pages and resources has grown and become more difficult to navigate.

The Base HealthPathways team and the international group of COVID-19 clinical editors have worked together to revise the table of contents structure, page titles, and scope statements for the Base COVID-19 section.

The order of COVID-19 section pages in the table of contents has been changed, pages have been grouped logically, and the option of section heading pages has been introduced. Four new section pages have been set up:

  • COVID-19 Assessment and Management: grouping all COVID-19 pathways about assessing and managing patients.
  • COVID-19 Support: generally preferred as a resource page rather than a section page, but may be a section if the region breaks this topic into sub-pages.
  • COVID-19 Practice Management and Technology: grouping all COVID-19 pages about practice management and relevant, possibly new or unfamiliar technology such as telehealth or e-prescriptions.
  • COVID-19 Impact on Clinical Care and Local Services: grouping all COVID-19 pages about impacts on practice and services.

Any one of these section pages can be added to your HealthPathways COVID-19 section once there is more than one page to sit under it.

Please review the new Base COVID-19 section structure and let your lead writer know if you'd like to adopt a similar structure.

Updated Base COVID-19 Ongoing Assessment and Management pathway

General practice is likely to have an ongoing role in assessing and managing people with mild to moderate COVID-19 in the community. Clinical guidance may vary significantly depending on regional models of care.

If you are planning to localise the COVID-19 Ongoing Assessment and Management pathway we encourage you to review this page on Base HealthPathways. The Base pathway reflects the Canterbury pathway and the For Clinical Editors box summarises alternative source pathways that may also be relevant. Consider whether you can single-source with Base or a lead region version, or need to develop a localised version.

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 Ongoing Assessment and Management pathway, please talk to your lead writer.

Building your COVID-19 Impact for Clinical Care page from community-wide CE notes

The new COVID-19 Impact on Clinical Care page is quick reference for clinicians at the front line of care to keep up to date with best clinical practice in the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 environment. It summarises COVID-19 notes on clinical pathways describing COVID-19 related changes to the assessment and management of other conditions.

There are 17 local HealthPathways teams who have this on their live sites, and another 7 are currently localising the page. Queensland has been an early adopter, and has championed a single-sourced approach, where most of the clinical information is shared across the entire state. They have a shared Impact on Clinical Care page, with the ability to add region-specific guidance if a local specialist requires a different approach, or the note is required urgently before wider adoption is discussed and agreed.

To help local HealthPathways teams collaborate and learn from each other, last week we launched a CE notes collaboration spreadsheet. This lists all the CE notes from across the community that relate to the impact on clinical care, and is available from the Toolbox section of the COVID-19 Development Hub on Base and on your draft site.

We urge local HealthPathways teams to review this spreadsheet and use it to request additional CE notes. There are instructions in the spreadsheet. Even if you have not yet started to localise the COVID-19 Impact on Clinical Care page, you can use the spreadsheet to get ideas for adding vital clinical information to localised and unlocalised pathways across your site.

When you’re ready to consider the Impact on Clinical Care page, your writing team can locate these notes and single-source them into the page.

If you have any questions about the CE notes spreadsheet or Impact on Clinical Care page, please talk to your lead writer.


More information

If you have any questions about this update, please contact your lead writer.

If you have any feedback on the COVID-19 response package, please email your regional group clinical advisor.