Introduction of the Community Rehabilitation Northern Queensland Service

Mervin, M., Barker, R., Sealey, C., and Comans, T. (2017) Introduction of the Community Rehabilitation Northern Queensland Service. Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 12 (1). pp. 42-46.

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Objective: To analyse trends in length of hospital stay before and after the implementation of the Community Rehabilitation Northern Queensland Service (CRNQ) in Townsville, Australia. Design: Retrospective analysis of collected administrative data provided by the data custodian Townsville Hospital Health Service District.

Setting: All patients discharged from the Townsville hospital between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2013 for whom the Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups were stroke (B70), degenerative nervous system disorders (B67) or rehabilitation (Z60).

Main outcome measures: Average length of stay and total number of inpatient episodes coded stroke, degenerative nervous system disorders or rehabilitation.

Results: Length of stay for the selected diagnosis related groups was consistently ranging from 23 days to 25 days for the period 2008-2012. In the first year of full operational capacity of CRNQ (2012-13), there was an average reduction of six days in length of stay. The major reductions in length of stay occurred inpatients admitted for rehabilitation care.

Conclusions: This study adds additional evidence that earlier discharge can be facilitated for patients with neurological conditions living outside metropolitan areas when appropriate rehabilitation services are available in the community.

Item ID: 48834
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1833-3818
Keywords: community rehabilitation; public hospital; length of stay
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Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 22:34
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420305 Health and community services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920204 Evaluation of Health Outcomes @ 100%
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