Improving patient access to videofluoroscopy services: Role of the practitioner-led clinic

Newman, Roger D., and Nightingale, Julie (2011) Improving patient access to videofluoroscopy services: Role of the practitioner-led clinic. Radiography, 17 (4). pp. 280-283.

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Abstract

Quality Issue: Although costly and time consuming, videofluoroscopic swallowing (VFS) examinations are the gold standard for imaging of oro-pharyngeal dysphagia, and demand is likely to increase with an ageing population. Traditional radiologist-led VFS services in the UK are gradually being replaced by practitioner-led clinics undertaken jointly by speech and language therapists and radiographers. This article explores the impact on patient access of a practitioner-led VFS clinic at a large teaching hospital.

Initial Assessment: Specific information pertaining to VFS patient waiting times and service quality was collected for a twelve month period both pre- and post-clinic formation.

Choice of Solution: Additional capacity was achieved with the introduction of the practitioner-led clinic, with overall patient access improving by 111%. Mean waiting times for in-patients reduced by 75%, many of whom had the procedure on the same day as referral, with out-patients waiting times reducing by 62.5%.

Evaluation: The data demonstrates that patient access and report turnaround times are significantly improved, with no adverse effects as measured by inadequate studies, incorrect reports, complaints and documented radiation dose levels.

Lessons Learnt: Practitioner-led VFS services can be recommended as a safe and efficient method of improving service provision.

Item ID: 34816
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1078-8174
Keywords: videofluoroscopy; service delivery; advanced practice; swallowing; dysphagia; patient experience
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2014 05:50
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl Physiotherapy) @ 60%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110320 Radiology and Organ Imaging @ 40%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 100%
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