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dc.contributor.authorBost, Nerolie
dc.contributor.authorCrilly, Julia
dc.contributor.authorWallen, Karen
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-15T04:29:31Z
dc.date.available2018-11-15T04:29:31Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.issn1755-599X
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ienj.2015.01.005
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/135932
dc.description.abstractObjectives To describe and compare characteristics, care delivered, and outcomes of patients who presented to an emergency department (ED) with a mental health illness before and after the implementation of a patient flow strategy. Methods This was a retrospective, descriptive study. Health care data of patients who presented to a public teaching hospital ED in Queensland, Australia diagnosed with a mental health illness before (5th September 2011-4th March 2012) and after (5th March 2012-4th September 2012) the implementation of a patient flow strategy were analysed. Results A total of 3037 (before: n?=?1511; after: n?=?1526) mental health presentations (4.5% of all ED presentations) were made to the ED. Following the implementation of a patient flow strategy, improvements in ED length of stay, tests performed and nursing observations were seen. These varied by mental health diagnosis. Conclusion Our results indicate that a targeted approach to improving service delivery for a specific cohort of ED patients can make a difference without additional staffing. Further focused refinement of the strategy (such as time waiting for treatment) may be required.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.publisher.placeSydney
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom265
dc.relation.ispartofpageto273
dc.relation.ispartofissue4
dc.relation.ispartofjournalInternational Emergency Nursing
dc.relation.ispartofvolume23
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMental Health Nursing
dc.subject.fieldofresearchNursing
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode111005
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1110
dc.titleThe impact of a flow strategy for patients who presented to an Australian emergency department with a mental health illness
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorCrilly, Julia
gro.griffith.authorBost, Nerolie F.


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