Did waiting times really decrease following a service reorganization? Results from a retrospective study in a pediatric rehabilitation program in Québec

Chantal Camden, Bonnie Swaine, Mélanie Levasseur
2012 Disability and Rehabilitation  
To examine changes in waiting times and types of services received before, during and after a pediatric rehabilitation service reorganization including new admission procedures; To compare waiting time data available in the program's administrative database and children's medical files. Method: Waiting time was defined as the time elapsed between referral and accessing a service provided by any clinician in the program (program waiting time) or by any clinician within a discipline
more » ... ecific waiting time). Services were categorized as individual, group treatment, or other. ANOVAs and χ 2 tests were used to examine changes in waiting times and type of services, respectively. Paired T-tests compared the program waiting times from the two databases. Results: Data were collected on 188 children (mean age: 4 years and 1 month). The program and occupational therapy waiting times were shorter following the service reorganization. For two disciplines, the proportion of children receiving individual treatment diminished over time, while group and other types of interventions increased. Program waiting times calculated using the two data sources did not differ significantly but differences in the available data highlighted administrative issues. Conclusions: Service reorganization can decrease waiting times and change the type of services offered over time.
doi:10.3109/09638288.2012.705948 pmid:22897135 fatcat:t3qrhmmuwrgptia2svhptuwr54