Jones H (2013) Any qualified provider: facilitating patient choice. Nursing Times; 109: 17/18, 22-23.
“When patients are referred to specialist services, it is important they have the opportunity to choose a service that best suits their needs. To make this a reality, the government has introduced Any Qualified Provider (AQP) - referrers can show their patient a list of appropriate services that meet standard requirements. This article explains how an AQP pack was developed for continence services.”
- Why is patient choice important?
- What are the drawbacks of using the Any Qualified Provider approach?
- In what other situations can nurses facilitate patient choice?
- What challenges does patient choice present?