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BMC Health Services Research

, 16:604

Organization, structure and delivery of healthcare


BackgroundExtending the scope of practice of allied health professionals has been a strategy adopted in the United Kingdom to address issues within the health system.

Australia’s health system is currently undermined by similar issues, heightening government interest in adopting the extended scope health care model. The aim of the current study was to describe the activities and outcomes of a dietitian-led gastroenterology clinic which operated under an extended scope of practice model in an outpatient gastroenterology department at a tertiary hospital in regional Queensland, Australia, and to assess patient satisfaction with the initiative.

MethodsA descriptive, cross-sectional case series undertaken over 50 clinics involving 82 category 2 and 3 patients with suspected-confirmed coeliac disease or inflammatory bowel disease; low haemoglobin; gastroesophageal reflux disease, or; malnutrition. Data was analysed using Microsoft Excel 2010, and presented as descriptive statistics.

ResultsSixty out of 82 selected patients median age 51 years attended an initial appointment with the dietitian. Twenty-four review appointments were attended. Average waiting period for an initial appointment was 148 days range 31–308 days. A total of 149 management strategies were provided, and 94 63 % of these involved the dietitian utilising extended scope of practice. The dietitian managed 47 78 % patients without need for gastroenterologist referral, and 25 42 % were discharged after dietetic management.

Patients reported high levels of satisfaction with the clinic.

ConclusionsSeventy-eight percent of category 2 and 3 patients referred to the gastroenterologist could be managed exclusively in the dietitian-led clinic. This extended scope model of care could potentially benefit the efficiency and acceptability of Australia’s public health system.

KeywordsExtended scope of practice Dietetics Quantitative AbbreviationsESPExtended scope practitioners


UKUnited Kingdom

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Autor: Dominique Ryan - Fiona Pelly - Elizabeth Purcell


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