CURRENT VERSION (2b) OF CATOH (Correspondence Assessment/Audit Tool in/for
of physician being audited / trainee being assessed or else any confidential
of auditing physician / trainee’s assessor:
relevant information e.g. OHS, clinic etc:
OF SELECTION OF LETTER (Please tick, circle, or underline one):
Chosen by trainee / physician being audited / assessed:
Chosen by assessor / auditor
Specify sampling frame:- time interval, etc)
and provenance OF LETTER:
it a follow up letter?
(Please do not include any patient / subject
of addressee (Please tick, circle, or
(‘Line’ or HR):
to patient ? :
of original referral (Please tick,
circle, or underline one):
If this is part of a wider audit other information might need to be recorded
of receipt of letter of referral:
of first appointment offered to patient/worker:
(if applicable) with any explicit consent policy:
Other (local) adaptations:
TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE AUDIT/ FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT:
Is the nature and reason of the referral determining the letter clear?
Is the workplace, occupation, and occupational context i.e. relevant
exposures / work demands of the patient specified?
Is there a clear and valid statement of current fitness for work?
Are all the domains (of attendance, performance and safety) where
relevant to health issues adequately addressed?
Is there a clear and valid statement of the likely date of return to
Is there a clear and valid statement of future degree of fitness for work
or residual disability?
Is there a clear and valid statement on whether work could be affecting /
have affected the patient’s health?
Are there clear and valid rehabilitation (or workplace adjustment) recommendation(s)?
Is there evidence of an explicit response to any other appropriate
patient’s or referring manager’s question(s) being answered? (eg about DDA)
Is there reference to an appropriate patient follow up plan?
Is there reference to an appropriate past or future workplace assessment?
Is there evidence of the letter being copied to or its content shared
with the patient?
Is other significant information omitted?
Is there irrelevant (or indiscreet) information?
Is the letter well structured and clear to understand?
ON VERSION (2b) OF CATOH (Correspondence Assessment/Audit Tool in/for
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