With health budgets steadily diminishing, little consideration is given to patient and population health needs in workforce planning.
Too often planning is based on the status quo despite reports of increased numbers of patients with complex health issues.
To that end, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) have partnered to develop an Interprofessional Caseload Management Tool.
Funded by Health Canada, the Tool will be designed to assist individual professionals, organizations and policy makers in determining effective caseload/workload management for occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech-language pathology services.
The Tool is currently under review. When complete it will be piloted nationally in all three professions.
For more information, got to http://www.caot.ca/default.asp?pageid=2331.