‘Soft’ intelligence and online patient feedback: Using care opinion for NHS quality improvement in Scotland
Area of studyPatient experience
Host universityHealth Services Research Unit
University of Aberdeen
Care Opinion is a website that gives patients and carers the opportunity to feedback on the care they receive. Though it is one of many feedback methods used within the NHS, it is the only one with the Scottish Government contract for online feedback.
Care Opinion and other online feedback posts provide rich sources of data. But like other forms of “soft intelligence”, this type of data can be difficult to process and use for improvement. Staff may struggle with how to respond to posts, how to make changes from posts, and how to combine this feedback data with other methods used within their organisation.
This project will examine how the feedback collected from Care Opinion is used for quality improvement in the NHS in Scotland, and explore staff perspectives on how to increase its impact.
This project is undertaken as a three-year PhD, starting in October 2019. The exact study design is still being decided at this time, but may include:
- A national survey of patient experience leads in Scotland
- Embedded ethnographic observation with Care Opinion
- Case studies with a range of NHS bBoards, looking at
variations in engagement with Care Opinion
The study design will be agreed with a key stakeholder group including patients and staff, who will be involved throughout the duration of the project.