The GTA Rehab Network is leading efforts to establish standardized approaches for outpatient rehabilitation to improve patient outcomes.
Models of Care
To ensure patients receive an optimal level of care, the Network has developed an outpatient rehabilitation model for total joint replacements and an outpatient rehabilitation model for hip fracture. The models of care standardize the key components of outpatient rehab programs.
The Network is also a leading advocate for standardizing performance measures for outpatient rehabilitation. Standardized measures support evaluation and planning at the organizational, regional and provincial levels. They also allow health care providers and planners to measure the effectiveness and efficiency of outpatient rehabilitation. Our report, Developing a Performance Framework for Outpatient Rehabilitation, proposed a measurement framework to encourage discussion among key stakeholders. The framework was adopted by various regional and provincial initiatives.
To further advance this work, the Network supported six rehabilitation hospitals in Toronto in testing an outpatient minimum dataset of performance measures for total joint replacement and stroke. The outcome was captured in our report, Piloting a Minimum Dataset for Outpatient Rehabilitation: Lessons Learned. This pilot laid the foundation for a provincial pilot currently underway by the Rehabilitative Care Alliance.
The GTA Rehab Network continues to provide data analysis support to a group of rehabilitation hospitals gathering and reporting outpatient care indicators. Outpatient Rehabilitation Access and Transition Indicators 2015-16 FY: Summary Report summarizes the findings of these hospitals as well as their efforts to implement process improvement changes in outpatient data reporting. The GTA Rehab Network also supports these hospitals in reporting a subset of performance measures to the Toronto Central LHIN.