Peer Review in Public Health: is it worth doing? Short and Long Term Evaluation Study
PHE ePoster Library. Parr A. 09/12/17; 186631; 182
Allison Parr
Allison Parr
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Abstract Introduction A peer review programme in public health took place in 2012/13 informed by a systematic literature review of the evidence for successful implementation in public health and clinical practice. All local health protection teams in England took part in non-reciprocal, multidisciplinary, peer review visits with agreed assessment criteria. The aim was to improve the quality of frontline health protection services.Method The evaluation methods used quantitative and qualitative methods to assess the peer review short and longer term impact. The short term evaluation consisted of a questionnaire survey and semi-structured interviews at six months. The long term evaluation used semi-structured interviews at three years to assess longer term impact and service improvement. Thematic analysis was undertaken with comparison of short and long term evaluation.Results Both the short and long term evaluation showed actual and perceived quality improvement following peer review. Teams had made significant changes across service delivery areas especially in the local acute response service, using their reports to critically review ways of working. Other benefits included improvements in trust, mutual learning and staff morale. Changes were sustained over the three years.Conclusion Peer review was considered worthwhile, with high levels of satisfaction from participants, with added benefits of long term service improvements and sustained change. Future peer review should consider the broader public health system; involve partners, and specific topic areas such as emergency response or specific prevention programmes.
Abstract Introduction A peer review programme in public health took place in 2012/13 informed by a systematic literature review of the evidence for successful implementation in public health and clinical practice. All local health protection teams in England took part in non-reciprocal, multidisciplinary, peer review visits with agreed assessment criteria. The aim was to improve the quality of frontline health protection services.Method The evaluation methods used quantitative and qualitative methods to assess the peer review short and longer term impact. The short term evaluation consisted of a questionnaire survey and semi-structured interviews at six months. The long term evaluation used semi-structured interviews at three years to assess longer term impact and service improvement. Thematic analysis was undertaken with comparison of short and long term evaluation.Results Both the short and long term evaluation showed actual and perceived quality improvement following peer review. Teams had made significant changes across service delivery areas especially in the local acute response service, using their reports to critically review ways of working. Other benefits included improvements in trust, mutual learning and staff morale. Changes were sustained over the three years.Conclusion Peer review was considered worthwhile, with high levels of satisfaction from participants, with added benefits of long term service improvements and sustained change. Future peer review should consider the broader public health system; involve partners, and specific topic areas such as emergency response or specific prevention programmes.
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