Introduction

Thank you for participating in this survey, which is part of a series of surveys, to evaluate the ongoing utility of the various National Quality Use of Medicines (NQUM) Indicators for Australian Hospitals, their suitability for automation (i.e. enabling electronic reporting in hospitals with electronic Medical Records/Medicines Management Systems) and their relative prioritisation for automation.

The NQUM Indicators aim to assist hospitals and clinicians evaluate the safety and quality of medicines management in their health service in areas where there are known gaps between evidence and practice. However, for the indicators to remain useful, they need to be relevant to contemporary practice and incorporate the latest evidence.
 
This survey will focus on the NQUM Indicators for PAIN MANAGEMENT and HOSPITAL-WIDE MEDICATION MANAGEMENT POLICIES

NSW TAG would like to request that all relevant clinicians (pharmacists, doctors and nurses) have the opportunity to respond to this survey. This may include: analgesic/opioid stewardship program members, clinical governance units, pharmacy directors, QUM, DUE and/or senior pharmacists with a good understanding of the recent QUM activities of their hospital/Health District/ Health Service Organisation (HSO). More than one respondent per hospital/HSO is welcome.

Please note the relevant timeframe for informing the responses to this survey is from 2014 onwards, when the most recent version of the QUM Indicators was published. 
 
The survey consists of 14 questions and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Responses are saved automatically and can be edited until the survey is complete (when using the same computer). If you wish to withdraw part way through completing the survey, please email sharna.glover@svha.org.au.

The survey is open from 3 November 2020 to 4 December 2020.

Ethics approval has been granted by the St Vincent's Hospital Network HREC. Participation in the survey is deemed to be consent. However, you may change your mind and withdraw from the study at any stage. No identifiable information will be published. Your contact details are collected in case NSW TAG needs to clarify a survey response. The collated (non-identifiable) responses will be written in a report that will be found on the NSW TAG website. The results may also be presented at conference proceedings.

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