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Designing a podiatry service to meet the needs of the population: a service simulation

Campbell, J. (2007) Designing a podiatry service to meet the needs of the population: a service simulation. Australian Health Review. 31(1), pp. 63-72. 0156-5788.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: A model of a podiatry service has been developed which takes into consideration the effect of changing access criteria, skill mix and staffing levels (among others) given fixed local staffing budgets and the foot-health characteristics of the local community. A spreadsheet-based deterministic model was chosen to allow maximum transparency of programming. This work models a podiatry service in England, but could be adapted for other settings and, with some modification, for other community-based services. This model enables individual services to see the effect on outcome parameters such as number of patients treated, number discharged and size of waiting lists of various service configurations, given their individual local data profile. The process of designing the model has also had spin-off benefits for the participants in making explicit many of the implicit rules used in managing their services.
Subjects: R Medicine > RD Surgery > RD563 Podiatry
Creators: Campbell, Jackie
Publisher: Australasian Medical Publishing Co PTY. LTD.
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society
Date: 1 February 2007
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 63-72
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Health Review
Volume: 31
Number: 1
Language: English
ISSN: 0156-5788
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: No

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