“Dialogue starts from the courageous willingness to know and be known by others. It is the painstaking and persistent effort to remove all obstacles that obscure our common humanity.”
In mid-March, the KPI Programme launched the first new data dashboard visualisation indicator – Acute inpatient post-discharge community care (aka 7-day follow up). The 7-day follow up indicator measures the percentage of acute inpatient discharges that are followed up in the community within the 7 days immediately following discharge.
The days after discharge from an acute inpatient service are an important period in which we can impact harm reduction for tāngata whai ora. Research indicates that tāngata whai ora have increased vulnerability immediately following discharge, including higher risk for suicide. This is one of the key reasons the 7-day follow up indicator has been prioritised for monitoring by the Ministry of Health.
A responsive community support system for persons who have experienced an acute period of distress requiring hospitalisation is essential to aide recovery and minimise the need for hospital readmission. In fact, people who leave services with a relevant and meaningful discharge plan, involving linkages with community services and supports, are less likely to need early readmission.
This means, if we can improve 7-day follow up rates, we can improve outcomes for the people who use acute mental health services.
These are all sentiments shared by tāngata whai ora during their engagement with our Lived Experience partners, Balance Aotearoa in May. Their voices and experiences are shared with you all in this issue of The Indicator.
The KPI Programme will be facilitating live benchmarking discussions on the 7-day follow up and 28-day readmission indicators in the upcoming Adult stream forum on 29 July. It is only one of many sector hui to occur over the next couple of months. To register for events, visit our KPI Programme events calendar.
If you have not already done so, now is a great time to register for access to the KPI Programme data dashboard. New indicators are currently in development and will continue to be released throughout 2021.