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What makes weekend allied health services effective and cost-effective (or not) in acute medical and surgical wards? Perceptions of medical, nursing, and allied health workers

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Health Services Research, May 2017
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Title
What makes weekend allied health services effective and cost-effective (or not) in acute medical and surgical wards? Perceptions of medical, nursing, and allied health workers
Published in
BMC Health Services Research, May 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12913-017-2279-z
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Lisa O’Brien, Deb Mitchell, Elizabeth H. Skinner, Romi Haas, Marcelle Ghaly, Fiona McDermott, Kerry May, Terry Haines

Abstract

There is strong public support for acute hospital services to move to genuine 7-day models, including access to multidisciplinary team assessment. This study aimed to identify factors that might enable an effective and cost-effective weekend allied health services on acute hospital wards. This qualitative study included 22 focus groups within acute wards with a weekend allied health service and 11 telephone interviews with weekend service providers. Data were collected from 210 hospital team members, including 17 medical, 97 nursing, and 96 allied health professionals from two Australian tertiary public hospitals. All were recorded and imported into nVivo 10 for analysis. Thematic analysis methods were used to develop a coding framework from the data and to identify emerging themes. Key themes identified were separated into issues perceived as being enablers or barriers to the effective or cost-effective delivery of weekend allied health services. Perceived enablers of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness included prioritizing interventions that prevent decline, the right person delivering the right service, improved access to the patient's family, and ability to impact patient flow. Perceived barriers were employment of inexperienced weekend staff, insufficient investment to see tangible benefit, inefficiencies related to double-handling, unnecessary interventions and/or inappropriate referrals, and difficulty recruiting and retaining skilled staff. Suggestions for ensuring effective and cost effective weekend allied health care models include minimization of task duplication and targeting interventions so that the right patients receive the right interventions at the right time. Further research into the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of these services should factor in hidden costs, including those associated with managing the service.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 19 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 5 26%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 16%
Student > Bachelor 3 16%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 16%
Other 2 11%
Other 3 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 6 32%
Nursing and Health Professions 5 26%
Unspecified 4 21%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 1 5%
Psychology 1 5%
Other 2 11%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 42. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 27 July 2017.
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#391,956
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Outputs from BMC Health Services Research
#90
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#15,245
of 263,797 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Health Services Research
#1
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