Application of a novel disinvestment research design to the use of weekend allied health services on acute medical and surgical wards - randomised trial and economic evaluation protocol

Terrence Peter Haines, Elizabeth Skinner, Deborah Mitchell, Elizabeth Jane O'Brien, Kelly-Ann Bowles, Donna Markham, Samantha Plumb, Timothy Chui, Kerry May, Romi Haas, David Lescai, Kathleen Philip, Fiona Margaret McDermott

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Some currently provided health services have an absence of evidence for effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and/or safety. These are candidates for disinvestment. It is possible that such services would prove valuable if trials were to be conducted however, making disinvestment a clear risk. Provision of these services in the context of usual care is a considerable barrier to conducting a conventional trial of these interventions. Our team has recently developed a novel research approach to conduct a trial in this context. In this paper, we describe the first application of this design.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53
Number of pages1
JournalBMC Health Services Research
Issue numberSuppl 2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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