A new white paper from the RCA provides health system decision-makers with recommendations to support the spread of innovative and cost-effective models of ambulatory rehabilitative care.
The paper is part of a four-part white paper, Community-Based Rehabilitation: Providing High-Value Rehabilitative Care in the Community, that explores the critical role that community-based rehabilitation plays in the Ontario health system.
Part 3: Ambulatory Rehabilitation provides examples of evidence-informed models and their outcomes, as well as the best practices that define quality ambulatory rehabilitative care. The paper also provides an extensive overview of models of virtual and hybrid (in-person and virtual) ambulatory rehabilitative care, which are particularly relevant during the pandemic.
A call for wider adoption
At a system level, innovative models of ambulatory rehabilitation are improving patient outcomes and patient flow through the health care system, reducing emergency department use, reducing inpatient admissions, supporting earlier inpatient discharge and reducing overall morbidity. However, these models are in place only in small pockets of the province and have the potential to support greater system efficiencies if more broadly implemented.
This paper calls for action to scale and spread these models across the province, and individuals are encouraged to share it with decision-makers in their networks.
Community-Based Rehabilitation: Providing High-Value Rehabilitative Care in the Community
- Part 1: The Value of Community-Based Rehabilitation: An Overview
- Part 2: In-Home Rehabilitation
- Part 3: Ambulatory Rehabilitation
- Part 4: Rehabilitation in Primary Care (available fall 2021)
For more information, please contact Gabrielle Sadler, Project Manager.