CHP PhD Completion Seminar - Linda Francis

CHP PhD Completion Seminar
Sustainability in health care:  Evaluating the determinants involved in sustaining acute stroke care delivery

Date: December 14 - 11am-12pm (AEDST)
Presenter:  Linda Francis

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The  field of implementation science – implementing evidence-based research into practice – is rapidly growing, but very little information about the sustainability of implemented interventions has been available. This study addressed the field of sustainability research in the context of acute stroke care.

Acute stroke care has undergone major advancements in recent years. The establishment of specialist stroke teams in hospitals has reduced mortality and disability. As part of supporting improved access to best practice stroke care the Victorian Government funded the implementation of several strategy recommendations to improve care for patients through the Stroke Care Strategy for Victoria program.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the determinants that impacted the sustainability of the funded strategy recommendations by the Victorian government 2 years after financial support for the program ceased. Three priority stroke treatments across the select Victorian hospitals in regional and urban areas were evaluated including the establishment of specialist stroke units, Transient Ischaemic Attack clinics, and swallow screening programs.

Various determinants were identified as important for overall sustainability. The culmination of qualitative and quantitative research undertaken as part of this doctoral research provides guidance for future frameworks to inform the assessment of sustainability of implemented interventions.

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