Study protocol for two randomized controlled trials examining the effectiveness and safety of current weekend allied health services and a new stakeholder-driven model for acute medical/surgical patients versus no weekend allied health services

Terrence Peter Haines, Elizabeth Jane O'Brien, Debra Frances Mitchell, Kelly-Ann Bowles, Romi Haas, Donna Markham, Samantha Plumb, Timothy Chiu, Kerry May, Kathleen Philip, David Lescai, Fiona Margaret McDermott, Mitchell Nicholas Sarkies, Marcelle Ghaly, Leonie Shaw, Genevieve Juj, Elizabeth Skinner

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Disinvestment from inefficient or ineffective health services is a growing priority for health care systems. Provision of allied health services over the weekend is now commonplace despite a relative paucity of evidence supporting their provision. The relatively high cost of providing this service combined with the paucity of evidence supporting its provision makes this a potential candidate for disinvestment so that resources consumed can be used in other areas. This study aims to determine the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and safety of the current model of weekend allied health service and a new stakeholder-driven model of weekend allied health service delivery on acute medical and surgical wards compared to having no weekend allied health service.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133 - 158
Number of pages26
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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