CAPS is a snapshot of the case mix of Australian paediatricians. Data collection took place in November-December 2008. All APRN members who see children in private and/or public rooms were asked to record de-identified information for each patient they saw over a two-week period. This involved completing details of the consultation duration, the patient’s gender, postcode, diagnoses etc, as well as asking the parent/patient to rate their overall health. Two-thirds of eligible APRN paediatricians participated in CAPS and collected de-identified information on 8,000+ patients. In March 2011, the summary CAPS data were published by the Medical Journal of Australia.
CAPS is the first study to provide national data about which children paediatricians really see. We hope that this information will inform the APRN research priorities, as well as prove useful for advocacy and planning.
Every APRN member who took part in CAPS received personalised feedback on their own case mix for the two week period. Participating in CAPS can be counted toward your continuing professional development – you can claim 3 points per hour as a category 5 activity (Practice Review & Appraisal) via the myCPD portal of the RACP website.
Hiscock H, Roberts G, Efron E, Sewell J, Bryson H, Price A, Oberklaid F, South M, Wake M. Children Attending Paediatricians Study: National prospective audit of outpatient practice from the Australian Paediatric Research Network: Medical Journal of Australia 2011:194(8);392-397. Download PDF (new browser window). MJA link (new browser window).