Outpatient rehab initiative captures demand and unmet need

Date: December 5, 2017 Author: gtarehab Categories: News 2017 | Spotlight 1
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The Network is expanding its work on outpatient rehabilitation data to analyze demand and unmet need for all patient populations. 

The Network has helped hospitals in Toronto Central LHIN report standardized outpatient data for patients with total joint replacement, stroke and hip fracture since 2014/15. By expanding the scope beyond these quality-based procedures, the initiative will provide participating hospitals with valuable data to inform capacity planning for outpatient rehabilitation.

Eight hospitals* are reporting data on all population groups from October to December 2017 using the Network's data collection tool. The tool focuses on access issues and captures detailed information on:

  • referrals received (volume by patient group)
  • referrals accepted (patients admitted, primary reason why accepted referrals were cancelled)
  • referrals declined (primary reason for decline), and
  • admission wait time.

The Network will analyze the data and produce an environmental scan to share with the hospitals and the LHIN to assist in their planning.

Efforts are also underway to expand the initiative beyond Toronto Central LHIN. A number of Network members from the four other GTA-area LHINs will join the initiative in 2018. 

For more information, please contact Sharon Ocampo-Chan, project manager.

* Baycrest Health Sciences, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare/Sinai Health System, Providence Healthcare, St. John's Rehab/Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph's Health Centre, Toronto Rehab/UHN and Holland Orthopaedic & Arthritic Centre/Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, West Park Healthcare Centre.