Exploring wait list prioritization and management strategies for publicly funded ambulatory rehabilitation services in ontario, Canada: further evidence of barriers to access for people with chronic disease.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: Timely access to publicly funded health services is a priority issue across the healthcare continuum in Canada. The purpose of this study was to examine wait list management strategies for publicly funded ambulatory rehabilitation services in Ontario, Canada. METHODS: Ambulatory rehabilitation services were defined as community occupational therapy (OT) and physiotherapy (PT) services. A mailed self-administered questionnaire was sent to all 374 Ontario publicly funded sites. Descriptive statistics were used to explore management strategies. RESULTS: The response rate was 57.2%. Client acuity was the most common method used to prioritize access across all settings. The most frequently reported methods to manage wait lists included teaching self-management strategies (85.0%), implementing attendance policies (69.5%) and conducting wait list audits (67.3%). CONCLUSION: Ambulatory rehabilitation settings have implemented a number of strategies for wait list management. The results of this study suggest that an increasing number of Ontarians encounter barriers when accessing publicly funded ambulatory rehabilitation services.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Passalent, LA; Landry, MD; Cott, CA

Published Date

  • May 2010

Published In

  • Healthc Policy

Volume / Issue

  • 5 / 4

Start / End Page

  • e139 - e156

PubMed ID

  • 21532763

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21532763

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1715-6580


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Canada