C-CHART (COVID-19 Connect Health Assessment of Risk Tool) introduced to support MSK clinicians make the right decisions in managing patient care whilst services are restricted
A new risk assessment tool which supports MSK clinicians in making difficult decisions in weighing up COVID-19 risk with clinical need, has been rolled out nationwide* and published in the BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine. The journal, which has a strong MSK readership worldwide, published C-CHART, detailing how the ‘tool can serve to improve the consistency of clinical decision-making during restitution of face-to-face MSK services in England’.
As the pandemic caused clinicians to switch from face-to-face musculoskeletal (MSK) care to providing telephone or video consultations almost overnight, Connect Health, the UK’s leading independent community provider of musculoskeletal services (including physiotherapy, orthopaedics, pain, rheumatology, and occupational health services), initially designed C-CHART to guide their own MSK clinicians to balance the health needs of patients whilst prioritising patient safety during the protracted COVID-19 outbreak.
*The tool is no longer available for download for use in the NHS
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- The tool does not replace clinical reasoning, assessment and judgement nor does it consider patients presenting with red flags or emergencies or collect any personal identifiable data from individuals.
- Manuscript bmjsem-2020-000916.R1 – A musculoskeletal risk stratification tool to inform a discussion about face-to-face assessment during the COVID-19 pandemic