The GTA Rehab Network is working to establish standardized approaches for outpatient rehabilitation to improve patient outcomes.
Current initiatives include:
- Demand and unmet need: The Network is working with member hospitals to analyze demand and unmet need for outpatient rehabilitation across all patient groups. Participating hospitals are using the Network's data collection tool to report detailed information in areas such as referrals received, accepted, declined and admission wait time. The Network is analyzing the data to help hospitals and LHINs with capacity planning.
- Data sharing for benchmarking: The Network analyzes organization-specific data on total joint replacement, stroke and hip fracture patient groups in outpatient rehabilitation programs of the Toronto Central LHIN. Hospitals are monitoring their patient volumes and referral trends to address business operations, workflow and program planning. Our report from the first phase of this work summarizes our findings and the efforts of the hospitals to implement process improvement in their reporting.
- Standardized performance measures: The Network has done extensive work to standarize performance measures for outpatient rehabilitation. This work supports evaluation and planning at all levels. The Network proposed a measurement framework that was adopted by various regional and provincial initiatives. Our pilot of an outpatient minumum dataset for total joint replacement and stroke laid the foundation for work now underway by the Rehabilitative Care Alliance.
- Models of care: The Network developed an outpatient rehabilitation model for total joint replacements and an outpatient rehabilitation model for hip fracture to ensure patients receive an optimal level of care. The models of care standardize key components of outpatient rehab programs.