Question sets can be sent to patients when you want the patient to answer a standard set of questions - perhaps related to an ongoing health condition or in relation to a request for help. Creating a question set template can save you time as you won't need to type the questions every time.
Standard question sets are available to all practices and are managed by the PATCHS team.
To create a question set template for your practice, on the Create a message template page you should
- complete all of the required fields
- add each question in turn and
- (if required) add a tag (to help when searching for messages)
Then submit the message template.
Select template type
Choose Question Set
Enter the template name
Which should describe the template and not duplicate an existing template name
Add each question in turn
Each question requires
- a title
- the question text that will be seen by the patient
- the response type
- Reply required (text) - for questions you want the patient to answer using free text
- Reply required (buttons) - for questions you want the patient to choose their answer from a list of radio button options
Reply required (buttons)
For any Reply required (button) question you will then need to add each possible response in turn, by
- Entering the answer as button text
- Clicking Add button
As each button response is added, they will show below the Button Text box
When you have added all button responses for the current question you can Add anther question and repeat the process until you have added all the questions to your question set.
Duplicating a question
If your question set includes a number of similar questions e.g. they all have the same set of button responses, you can use the Duplicate Question button to help reduce the amount of typing.
This question will be duplicated at the end of the question set and you can then update as required.
Select or Add Tags
When you have entered all of the questions in your question set, you can also assign one or more tags to your template. These tags help staff when they are searching for messages
Submitting the template
When you have entered all the questions in your question set, and assigned tags as required, you should click the Submit button to save the completed template.
n.b. The questions on an existing question set template cannot be updated, instead you should delete the template and create a new one.
Existing message templates
When you search for, and select a question set template, you will see the question set along with its associated tags.
From this page you can add or remove tags or delete the question set.