Improving the screening process for allied health professionals and their patients

Released On: 16/10/2020

In order for allied health professionals to provide the best care, a thorough assessment must be undertaken on a patient. This assessment is critical in guiding the rehabilitation process.

Earlier this year, Mater Education’s OptiSim team conducted repeat simulations to process test the newly developed Transdisciplinary Initial Neurological Screening (TINS) tool for allied health professionals.

The TINS tool is a holistic neurological assessment on a patient suspected or diagnosed with a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack. It provides a screening tool to ensure patients receive accurate referrals and improves the overall patient experience during their admission.

The simulation was undertaken with Mater’s neurology clinical team, with the purpose of testing the content of the TINS assessment, and the ability for an experienced clinician to complete an assessment.

Liisa Laakso, Allied Health Senior Research Fellow, was involved in the simulation, allowing the team to identify barriers for clinical use of the tool, and flag system concerns. “The simulation was very valuable in identifying the minimum data required to trigger a referral. We were also able to acknowledge the different requirements of professionals and the importance of certain sections of the assessment based on their roles.”

OptiSim is a valuable tool in testing healthcare delivery; in this case, the simulation allowed the team to refine and improve a new screening process before being used on real patients.

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