Van Dam, PJ and Dwyer, M and Elliott, S and Reid, L, Avoiding hospital admissions through the extended role of the occupational therapist, International Society for Quality in Health Care, 17-20 October 2022, Brisbane (2022) [Conference Extract]
Official URL: https://isqua.org/events/brisbane-2022-internation...
Results: A total of 104 extended scope interventions were provided to 100 eligible clients, of which falls education and equipment/small aids were the most common. Most clients were able to stay at home. Clients in the highest priority triage category were responded to within the appropriate timeframe in 95% of cases. At least three quarters of referring clinicians who responded to our survey either agreed or strongly agreed to statements supporting the timeliness, utility, and ease of use of the ESOT service. Four global themes emerged from the qualitative data: staying at home is preferred, preventing falls through tools, increased health through service provision and feeling important.
Conclusions:Co-evaluation of the ESOT service from the perspective of the health service, referring clinicians, clients and their caregivers has shown that there is a need for the care provided by this service. The ESOT interventions contributed to hospital avoidance, making a positive impact on the lives of clients and their carers benefiting clients and healthcare organisations. Considering extended scope roles for OTs and alternative ways of delivering care in resource poor health services will help to create a more efficient and sustainable healthcare system.
|Item Type:||Conference Extract|
|Keywords:||Occupational therapist, extended role, hospital avoidance|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Health services and systems|
|Research Field:||Primary health care|
|Objective Group:||Provision of health and support services|
|Objective Field:||Community health care|
|UTAS Author:||Van Dam, PJ (Dr Pieter Van Dam)|
|UTAS Author:||Dwyer, M (Dr Mitchell Dwyer)|
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