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Access to Healthcare Following Serious Injury: Perspectives of Allied Health Professionals in Urban and Regional Settings

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Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne 3004, Australia
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Department of Physiotherapy, Epworth Hospital, Melbourne 3122, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(3), 1230; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031230
Received: 15 January 2021 / Accepted: 25 January 2021 / Published: 29 January 2021
Barriers to accessing healthcare exist following serious injury. These issues are not well understood and may have dire consequences for healthcare utilisation and patients’ long-term recovery. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore factors perceived by allied health professionals to affect access to healthcare beyond hospital discharge for people with serious injuries in urban and regional Victoria, Australia. Twenty-five semi-structured interviews were conducted with community-based allied health professionals involved in post-discharge care for people following serious injury across different urban and regional areas. Interview transcripts were analysed using thematic analysis. Many allied health professionals perceived that complex funding systems and health services restrict access in both urban and regional areas. Limited availability of necessary health professionals was consistently reported, which particularly restricted access to mental healthcare. Access to healthcare was also felt to be hindered by a reliance on others for transportation, costs, emotional stress and often lengthy time of travel. Across urban and regional areas, a number of factors limit access to healthcare. Better understanding of health service delivery models and areas for change, including the use of technology and telehealth, may improve equitable access to healthcare. View Full-Text
Keywords: health services accessibility; delivery of healthcare; geography; allied health; wounds and injuries; qualitative research; rural population; urban population health services accessibility; delivery of healthcare; geography; allied health; wounds and injuries; qualitative research; rural population; urban population
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Keeves, J.; Braaf, S.C.; Ekegren, C.L.; Beck, B.; Gabbe, B.J. Access to Healthcare Following Serious Injury: Perspectives of Allied Health Professionals in Urban and Regional Settings. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 1230. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031230

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Keeves J, Braaf SC, Ekegren CL, Beck B, Gabbe BJ. Access to Healthcare Following Serious Injury: Perspectives of Allied Health Professionals in Urban and Regional Settings. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(3):1230. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031230

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Keeves, Jemma, Sandra C. Braaf, Christina L. Ekegren, Ben Beck, and Belinda J. Gabbe. 2021. "Access to Healthcare Following Serious Injury: Perspectives of Allied Health Professionals in Urban and Regional Settings" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 3: 1230. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18031230

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