Why have a Quality Book of Tools?

Family physicians and other primary care providers generally strive to deliver quality care to their patients. Assessment is essential to evaluate the level of quality, and an organized tool allows practices to list and rank the crucial components that comprise quality care. The Quality Book of Tools is a comprehensive guide that builds on local, national and international experiences, is validated through a panel of experts and is written by and for primary care providers in Ontario. This tool can be used on its own or as an essential component of the voluntary assessment program Quality in Family Practice in Ontario. Practitioners and practices might be motivated to use the tool for several reasons: proactively to assess the quality of care or reactively to fix an identified problem.

  • Criteria Symbols

    Legal and Safety – required by law*

    Essential – required to demonstrate best practice

    Desirable – required to demonstrate additional quality

    (*Assumptions about indicators are based on the nature of these indicators and the regulations that qualify them)