Examples of indicators for projects

The following are some examples from each of the projects:

Promoting Non Drug Strategies for Older People

From Hospital to Home

South Western Parent Support Group 1999

Promoting Non Drug Strategies for Older People

Three objectives for this project included:

  • To increase the knowledge of GP’s about non drug strategies available for treatment of insomnia
  • To increase awareness of older patients’ about the availability of non-drug treatment of insomnia
  • To encourage GP’s to recommend non drug strategies when treating insomnia

Impact Indicators included:

  • As a result of the project GP’s report they have better knowledge of non-drug treatment available
  • Older patients will report a greater awareness of non drug treatment available
  • GP’s report they are more likely to recommend non drug strategies when treating insomnia

Strategies included:

  • Develop and trial a non-drug Insomnia Management Kit, using findings from consultation
  • Develop pamphlets and posters
  • Prepare summary treatment sheets, non-drug scripts, insomnia management booklets for GP’s
  • Apply for practice assessment points
  • Promote the project through the Guild and National Pharmacies, and the newsletter of the Division of General Practice
  • Run a workshop for GP’s

Process indicators included:

  • The kit and all its components assembled, distributed and trialed
  • Number distributed and record of where distributed to
  • Feedback on quality of information from patients, GP’s and pharmacists
  • List of GP’s and local pharmacies involved, GP workshop outline and attendance, and feedback

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From hospital to home

Three objectives for this project included:

  • Improve discharge planning processes within and between health units and community based organisations
  • Increase awareness of health professionals in the region about the discharge planning system and service in the area
  • Increase carer’s access to information about patient’s condition, treatment and ongoing management

Impact Indicators included:

  • Reduction in re-admissions and length of stay
  • Evidence of discharge planning, starting on admission
  • Structures are in place that show that a multi-disciplinary and coordinated approach is being used
  • A high proportion of staff will report a greater awareness of discharge planning processes and community resources
  • Carers report information better access to information about patient’s condition and ongoing management

Strategies included:

  • Identifying “problem areas” by assessing each unit’s clinical indicators of admission rates and throughput
  • Develop a resource kit on all community support resources
  • Develop clinical pathway maps and appropriate forms

Process indicators included:

  • Summary of “problem areas” identified
  • Resource Kit is produced, number distributed, feedback from carers about satisfaction re accessibility and comprehensiveness of information
  • Documentation of pathways and forms developed, and feedback about it from staff

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South Western Parent Support Group 1999

This project is for parents of children with drug and alcohol problems. Its goal is to enhance the capacity of parents to deal with their children’s substance abuse. Objectives for the project include

  • To improve the coping skills of individual parents
  • To increase parent’s self esteem and competence in addressing AoD issues
  • Parents to develop and utilise new strategies for dealing with situations at home
  • To foster skills development of parents for possible leadership of parent education opportunities
  • To empower parents to take charge of the group and address its concerns whether they are individual or global

Impact Indicators

  • Proportion of parents adopting new coping skills
  • Proportion of parents reporting change in self esteem
  • Level of parents self esteem
  • Level of parent’s confidence in dealing with AoD issues
  • Number and nature of new strategies
  • Number and type of situations in which strategies applied Number and regularity of parents leading group
  • Level of parent involvement in planning group sessions
  • Number and nature of AoD issues tackled or addressed outside of the program, eg community issues, lobbying or policy change, service and resource gaps
  • Development of a mutual support group

Strategies

  • 6 week course: providing information on issues related to substance use of children and strategies for dealing with it
  • Safe and supportive exploration of parent’s feelings regarding their child’s AoD use
  • Foster a process for parents to reinterpret the meaning of experiences related to the AoD use of their child and society at large

Process Indicators

  • Level of satisfaction with information provided
  • Parents perceived level of safety to speak of issues during group
  • Parents perceived level of support provided by the group and facilitators
  • Extent of parent participation in group discussions
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