Underserviced Area Program: Recommendations for Baseline Data Collection Requirements for the Development of Specific Performance Measurements (March 2010)

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Title: Underserviced Area Program: Recommendations for Baseline Data Collection Requirements for the Development of Specific Performance Measurements
Principal ApplicantTitle(s)Institutional AffiliationFunding AmountAnticipated Completion Date
Dr. Elizabeth F. Wenghofer Faculty Investigator Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research at Laurentian University $25,000 March 2010
Co-Applicant(s)Titles(s)Institutional Affiliation(s)
Mr. John Hogenbirk Researcher Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research at Laurentian University

 

Abstract

Introduction

The Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research (CRaNHR) at Laurentian University, with the involvement of the Ontario Health Human Resources Research Network (OHHRRN), conducted a research study to provide the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long‐Term Care (MOHLTC) with a list of baseline metrics and preliminary performance measures suitable for an evaluation of the revised Underserviced Area Program (UAP). The focus of this document was on identifying data elements that needed to be collected at the rollout of the revised UAP so as to facilitate future evaluation activities.

Goals of the Revised Underserviced Area Program (UAP)

  • To meet the unique needs of northern and rural communities that face chronic problems
    recruiting and retaining physicians.
  • To help all Ontario communities that experience physician shortages.

The revised UAP comprises two programs: (1) Northern and Rural Physician Incentive Fund (NaRPIF), and; (2) the new Return of Service (ROS) program. The study identified baseline data and data sources that can be used to develop measures of program performance and success. These baseline data, metrics and indicators were chosen so as to allow for the future evaluation of NaRPIF and new ROS programs in regards to the following research questions:

  1. How has the NaRPIF and new ROS changed: (a) the number of physicians providing services in eligible communities; and (b) the nature of physician services in eligible communities?
  2. Has the NaRPIF and new ROS encouraged participating physicians to stay in these communities?

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