Research Article

A review of general practice reports: the need for standardisation.

BMJ 1990; 300 doi: (Published 31 March 1990) Cite this as: BMJ 1990;300:851
  1. J Wilton
  1. Department of General Practice, St Mary's Hospital Medical School, Lisson Grove Health Centre, London.


    Fifty general practice annual reports were reviewed with a checklist to determine how much information was commonly included and whether they described the patients, the practice, and practice activity. The reports varied widely: important information was sometimes missing, practice activity was measured in different ways, and terms were often not defined. About half the reports reviewed did not draw conclusions or suggest plans for the future. Annual reports should include comparable basic information about patients, the practice, and the practice activity to optimise their usefulness in evaluation, planning, and decision making. Many relevant data are available from family practitioner committees and district health authorities.