Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You or Your Team.

Learn More →

Efficacy of physician associate delivered virtual outpatient clinic

Efficacy of physician associate delivered virtual outpatient clinic PurposeThe capacity available to deliver outpatient surgical services is outweighed by the demand. Although additional investment is sometimes needed, better aligning resources, increasing operational efficiency and considering new processes all have a role in improving delivering these services. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the safety of a physician associate (PA) delivered virtual outpatient department (VOPD) consultation service that was established in a General and Colorectal Surgery Department at an Irish teaching hospital.Design/methodology/approachA series of low-risk surgical patients were referred by senior surgeons to a PA delivered virtual clinic (VOPD). Medical records belonging to half the included patients were randomly selected for review by two doctors three months following discharge back to primary care to confirm appropriate standards of care and documentation and to audit any recorded adverse incidents or outcomes.FindingsIn total, 191 patients had been reviewed by the PA in the VOPD with 159 discharged directly back to primary care. Among the 95 medical records that were reviewed by the NCHDs, there were no recorded adverse incidents after discharge. Medical record keeping was deficient in 1 out of 95 reviewed cases.Practical implicationsUsing a PA delivered VOPD consultation appears to have a role in following up patients who have undergone low-risk procedures irrespective of age or co-morbidity when selected appropriately. This may assist in reducing the demand on outpatient services by reducing unnecessary return visits, thereby increasing the capacity for new referrals.Originality/valueWhile there are reported examples to date of virtual clinics, these relate to services delivered by registered medical practitioners. Here, the authors demonstrate the acceptability of this model of care in an Irish population as delivered by a PA. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance Emerald Publishing

Loading next page...
 
/lp/emerald-publishing/efficacy-of-physician-associate-delivered-virtual-outpatient-clinic-K9Pe0e0aUX
Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0952-6862
DOI
10.1108/IJHCQA-09-2018-0233
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

PurposeThe capacity available to deliver outpatient surgical services is outweighed by the demand. Although additional investment is sometimes needed, better aligning resources, increasing operational efficiency and considering new processes all have a role in improving delivering these services. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the safety of a physician associate (PA) delivered virtual outpatient department (VOPD) consultation service that was established in a General and Colorectal Surgery Department at an Irish teaching hospital.Design/methodology/approachA series of low-risk surgical patients were referred by senior surgeons to a PA delivered virtual clinic (VOPD). Medical records belonging to half the included patients were randomly selected for review by two doctors three months following discharge back to primary care to confirm appropriate standards of care and documentation and to audit any recorded adverse incidents or outcomes.FindingsIn total, 191 patients had been reviewed by the PA in the VOPD with 159 discharged directly back to primary care. Among the 95 medical records that were reviewed by the NCHDs, there were no recorded adverse incidents after discharge. Medical record keeping was deficient in 1 out of 95 reviewed cases.Practical implicationsUsing a PA delivered VOPD consultation appears to have a role in following up patients who have undergone low-risk procedures irrespective of age or co-morbidity when selected appropriately. This may assist in reducing the demand on outpatient services by reducing unnecessary return visits, thereby increasing the capacity for new referrals.Originality/valueWhile there are reported examples to date of virtual clinics, these relate to services delivered by registered medical practitioners. Here, the authors demonstrate the acceptability of this model of care in an Irish population as delivered by a PA.

Journal

International Journal of Health Care Quality AssuranceEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 12, 2019

References