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Type: Journal article
Title: Identification of service improvement opportunities in an Australian community transition care program
Author: Schultz, K.
Carroll, L.
Mainey, K.
Dent, E.
Citation: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 2018; 30(12):1529-1532
Publisher: Springer
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 1594-0667
1720-8319
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Katherine Schultz, Leanne Carroll, Kristin Mainey, Elsa Dent
Abstract: Background: Transition care programs (TCPs) are designed to optimise functional recovery and independence in older adults post-hospitalisation. These programs are under high demand, and understanding inefficiencies in patient flow are a key step towards service improvement. Aims: To identify service improvement opportunities in an Australian community TCP service. Methods: An in-depth retrospective study of 113 community TCP clients. Results: TCP occupancy was high (94%) and client functional level improved across the program. Inefficiencies experienced included: admission delays to the program; low completion rates (61%) predominantly due to re-hospitalisation; variable response times by Allied Health services (5-20 days); and discharge delays-the latter attributed to waiting for services such as Home Care Packages through Non-Government Organisations. Discussion: This study identified several opportunities for service improvement in a community TCP service. Health practitioners should be regularly provided with up-to-date information on efficiency of TCP services.
Keywords: Community health services/organization and administration; efficiency; organizational; organizational case studies; program evaluation; aged
Rights: © Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
RMID: 0030086866
DOI: 10.1007/s40520-018-0923-z
Grant ID: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/1112672
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