The RCA continues to work with LHINs to support standardized capacity planning for rehabilitative care. Building on previous work with the LHINs to implement the RCA's Capacity Planning Framework, the RCA is now developing a set of tools to further apply the framework and align rehabilitative care capacity planning with similar Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care initiatives.
These tools, which include algorithms and process maps, will be based on a health system structural assessment approach. This approach moves beyond extrapolating from current utilization to using best practices guidelines and current evidence to determine future need. To assist with this work, the RCA has engaged Dr. Matthew Meyer, Population Health Strategist at London Health Sciences Centre and an adjunct professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Meyer has expertise in this area.
The new tools will be available by summer 2018. A sub-group of LHINs will pilot the tools in fall 2018/winter 2019 and develop a process map to help other LHINs apply the tools to their own regional capacity planning.
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