EPiC is a data analytics tool that enables clinicians to compare their own prescribing with prescribing for all patients within their practice and with patients nationally, using age, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic deprivation quintile filters.
Community dispensing of antibacterials accounts for around 95 per cent of human antibacterial consumption in Aotearoa1 so small changes to practices in primary care can have significant effects on addressing antimicrobial resistance in the community. The EPiC Antibiotics dashboard helps clinicians to review their prescribing of antibiotics and consider areas where they might implement change. Data are included for urinary tract infection, seasonal variation, use of amoxicillin + clavulanic acid and use of topical antibiotics.
The CQI Toolkit
The Continuous Quality Improvement Toolkit consists of an Activity Guide, a Data Collection Form and an Information Sheet. The resources guide you through identifying an area for improvement, collecting baseline data from EPiC Antibiotics, implementing a change, and collecting subsequent data to determine if the change has been beneficial.
The toolkit uses antibiotic prescribing throughout the example templates, making it an ideal aid for improving antimicrobial stewardship and reducing AMR. Furthermore, the toolkit is endorsed by the RNZCGP to help medical practices meet various requirements of the Foundation Standard and the Cornerstone CQI and Equity modules.