Developing a worldwide method for cost benefit analysis for safe patient handling interventions, to be completed by safe patient handling practitioners. A pilot study.
conference contributionposted on 06.10.2015, 08:09 by Michael FrayMichael Fray, Kristina Hallstrom, Hanneke Knibbe, John Celona, Mary Matz
The International Panel of Patient Handling Ergonomics (IPPHE) is a collaborative, academic and practitioner group that have been developing best practice and research projects since 2003. The publication of the ISO Technical Report TR12296 indicated that a clearer understanding of the methods for costing safe patient handling (SPH) programmes was required. This paper is the first exploratory investigation towards developing a worldwide approach to reporting and utilising a cost benefit analysis method for SPH programmes. An electronic survey was developed to gain the background and baseline knowledge of a range of individuals from the IPPHE group and their organisations. An explorative qualitative methodology was adopted to develop the broad items that would need to be reported in the costings methods moving forward. 47 surveys were completed from 9 countries from 74 individuals. The survey responses were analysed for content and themes. The analysis described a template to be taken forward to support the development of a usable cost benefit process for all. Practitioner Summary: There is a growing body of evidence supporting the efficacy of SPH programmes, the cost benefits however are less well reported. The IPPHE has embarked on a project to develop a worldwide method to record and report the costs and benefits of SPH programmes. The method for data collection and reporting will be used by patient handling practitioners to show their organisations the benefits of their programmes and support future support and investment.