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Avoiding hospital admissions through the extended role of the occupational therapist
Results: A total of 104 extended scope interventions were provided to 100 eligible clients, of which falls education and equipment/small aids were the most common. Most clients were able to stay at home. Clients in the highest priority triage category were responded to within the appropriate timeframe in 95% of cases. At least three quarters of referring clinicians who responded to our survey either agreed or strongly agreed to statements supporting the timeliness, utility, and ease of use of the ESOT service. Four global themes emerged from the qualitative data: staying at home is preferred, preventing falls through tools, increased health through service provision and feeling important.
Conclusions:Co-evaluation of the ESOT service from the perspective of the health service, referring clinicians, clients and their caregivers has shown that there is a need for the care provided by this service. The ESOT interventions contributed to hospital avoidance, making a positive impact on the lives of clients and their carers benefiting clients and healthcare organisations. Considering extended scope roles for OTs and alternative ways of delivering care in resource poor health services will help to create a more efficient and sustainable healthcare system.
Publication titleInternational Society for Quality in Health Care
Department/SchoolSchool of Nursing
Event titleISQua's 38th International Conference
Date of Event (Start Date)2022-10-17
Date of Event (End Date)2022-10-20