Using Datix Electronic Incident Reporting System to Develop a Palliative and End-of-Life Care Patient-Centered Auditing, Quality Assessment and Reporting System

*Corresponding author: Edith Ubogagu-Israel*, Anita Kolandaisamy and Maryam Abubaker

Abstract

The need for specialist palliative care services has never been higher as the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID) pandemic has highlighted. Yet even in the absence of the pandemic, specialist palliative care services in hospitals, hospices and within communities were already stretched beyond their capacity. The current fiscal climate within which most healthcare systems operate are undergoing global economic constraints making it a necessity that healthcare systems explore new ways of working to develop efficient high-quality services, maximising resources whilst maintaining good clinical governance. We describe how a hospital palliative and end-of-life care (PEoLC) specialist team, can harness an existing electronic incident reporting system Datix, adapting it to automatically track the longitudinal performance of the patient-centred, end-of-life care (EoLC) services that they deliver, along national standards in keeping with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the National Institute for Health and Excellence (NICE) guidelines for end-of-life care in the UK. Such automated systems can inform the quality of PEoLC services, improve the use of time and resource within specialist palliative care teams, support the delivery of evidence-based clinical governance standards, whilst supporting benchmarking across organisations, strategy development, insight into local/regional variations, and the establishment of standardisations of care.
Keywords
Palliative and end-of-life care (PEoLC); Performance indicator data; End-of-life-care audit; Clinical governance.