Reorganizing pediatric rehabilitation services to improve accessibility : do we sacrifice quality?
Camden, Chantal; Swaine, Bonnie; Tétreault, Sylvie; Brodeur, Marie-Michèle
Background: The impact of a pediatric rehabilitation service delivery reorganization to improve access to services on parents’ and service providers’ perception of service quality was evaluated. Child-, family-, service- and service provider-related characteristics possibly associated with these perceptions were explored. Methods: Perceptions were measured using the Measure of Processes of Care tools and open ended questions before (2007), during (2008) and following (2009) service reorganization. Child and family characteristics, services received and service provider data were documented. Mean MPOC scores were compared over time (ANOVAs and Generalized Estimating Equations) and t-tests, correlations and ANOVAs determined whether the characteristics influenced scores. Results: Families’ (n = 222) and service providers’ (n = 129) perceptions of quality were high in 2007 (3.67 to 6.31/7) and remained high over the next 2 years (p ≥ 0.16). Two MPOC domain scores (Respectful care and Providing general information) were consistently scored the highest (mean ≥ 5.66/7) and the lowest (mean ≤ 4.75/7), respectively. Families with more education and those with children 12-21 years old tended to attribute lower MPOC scores. Participants were generally satisfied with the new service model and recommendations included improving information exchange. Conclusions: Results suggest that it is possible to reorganize pediatric rehabilitation services while maintaining quality.