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Developing metrics for hospital medical workforce allocation


Shannon, EA and Brand, B and Ratcliffe, K and Tranter, BK, Developing metrics for hospital medical workforce allocation, Australian Health Review, 31, (3) pp. 411-421. ISSN 0156-5788 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/AH070411


Public hospitals deliver a broad range of specialist treatments to patients, with public demand for hospital services almost always outstripping supply. Health department and hospital managers prioritise requests for additional resources, such as medical staffing, across the full spectrum of services delivered. Without a clear and equitable basis of workload comparison across medical specialties, this decision-making process can be controversial and internally divisive. This paper outlines the development of a metric to guide the allocation of hospital medical staff. It suggests that a valid comparison of workload can be gained from the consideration of the number of inpatients (weighted for case complexity) and the number of outpatient presentations, as seen by each full-time hospital medical practitioner per annum. While this supports a "common sense" understanding of hospital medical activity, it also reflects limitations in the quality and quantity of data available. The replication and testing of this methodology in other jurisdictions is encouraged.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public administration
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health policy evaluation
UTAS Author:Shannon, EA (Dr Elizabeth Shannon)
UTAS Author:Tranter, BK (Professor Bruce Tranter)
ID Code:51104
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2009-09-17

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