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Eva Lena Strandberg. Developing General Practice: The Role of the APO Method Eva Lena Strandberg Phd, Audit Facilitator Lund University, Dept. of Clinical Sciences Malmö, Family Medicine, Malmö University Hospital 16th Nordic Congress of General Practice Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Eva Lena Strandberg

Developing General Practice:The Role of the APO MethodEva Lena StrandbergPhd, Audit Facilitator Lund University, Dept. of Clinical Sciences Malmö, Family Medicine, Malmö University Hospital16th Nordic Congress of General PracticeCopenhagen, Denmark

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To explore

the role of the APO method

its possibilities in GPs’ development

Overall aim

  • The perceived meaning of a (w)holistic view among general practitioners and district nurses in Swedish primary care BMC Fam Pract, 2007, 8:8

  • The meaning of quality work from the general practitioner’s perspective BMC Fam Pract, 2006, 7:6

  • Influence of self-registration on audit participants and their non-participating colleagues Scand J Prim Health Care, 2005;23:42-46

  • Can a holistic view be measured? A pilot study of the use of audit in general practitioners’ decision making Manuscript

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Case study methodology



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How do we act?

1st registration

Did we change?

2nd registration

How should we act?

Follow-up meeting

Need for change?



The APO method

Holistic view

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I. Holistic view

Holistic view

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I. Holistic view

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II. Quality development

GPs’ quality work

Influence of self-registration

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III. Influence

Can holistic view be measured?

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Based on the developed definition of

the concept of holistic view

develop an APO protocol

test the protocol

IV. Measurig holistic view


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Pilot audit:

8 of 10 GPs registrered

255 consultations; 153 with patients from their own list

IV. Measuring holistic view


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To achieve systematism in work with quality requires harmony between external demands and needs of the profession’s autonomy

The APO method satisfies the profession’s need for self-determination and reflection

The APO method has a role in developing general practice in the broad sense


Developing General Practice:The Role of the APO Method

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