Past initiatives in outpatient rehabilitation include:
- Demand and unmet need: In 2017-18, the Network worked with member hospitals to analyze demand and unmet need for outpatient rehabilitation across all patient groups. Participating hospital programs used the Network’s data collection tool to report detailed information in areas such as referrals received, accepted and declined, as well as admission wait time. Network findings from phase one participants were disseminated to project leads of participating organizations and the LHINs to help with capacity planning.
- Models of care: The Network developed an outpatient rehabilitation model for total joint replacements and an outpatient rehabilitation model for hip fracture to ensure patients receive an optimal level of care. The models of care standardize key components of outpatient rehab programs.
- Standardized performance measures: The Network has done extensive work to standardize performance measures for outpatient rehabilitation to support evaluation and planning. A measurement framework was developed by the Network in 2013, piloted in 2014 and adopted by various regional and provincial initiatives.