Emergency healthcare of the future

FitzGerald, Gerard, Toloo, Ghasem (Sam), & Romeo, Michele (2014) Emergency healthcare of the future. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 26(3), pp. 291-294.

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Emergency healthcare is a high profile component of modern healthcare systems, which over the past three decades has fundamentally transformed in many countries. However, despite this rapid development, and associated investments in service standards, there is a high level of concern with the performance of emergency health services relating principally to system wide congestion. The factors driving this problem are complex but relate largely to the combined impact of growing demand, expanded scope of care and blocked access to inpatient beds. These factors are unlikely to disappear in the medium term despite the National Emergency Access Target. The aim of this article is to stimulate a conversation about the future design and functioning of emergency healthcare systems; examining what we understand about the problem and proposing a rationale that may underpin future strategic approaches. This is also an invitation to join the conversation.

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ID Code: 72896
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Ambulance, Emergency departments, Emergency health services of the future, Input - Throughput - Output, Health policy
DOI: 10.1111/1742-6723.12241
ISSN: 1742-6723
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Health Policy (160508)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine
Deposited On: 19 Jun 2014 22:38
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2015 20:59

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