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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32477

Title: Perceptions of Emergency Department Team Members on the Implementation of Clinical Decision Units
Authors: Ku, Cheryl Yu Chin
Advisor: Lemieux-Charles, Louise
Department: Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Keywords: Clinical Decision Units
Emergency Department
Perceptions of Emergency Department Team Members
CDU Implementation
Issue Date: 23-Jul-2012
Abstract: Objectives: CDUs have been implemented to address ED wait times. The objectives of this study were to investigate ED team members’ perceptions on the implementation of CDUs as well as the impact of CDUs on the delivery of emergency care. Methods: A case study design and change theories found in the literature were used to investigate the implementation of CDUs in four hospitals. Semi-structured interviews with ED team members led to the creation of themes for analysis. Results: Analysis demonstrated that patient flow, work processes and communication contribute to the type of CDU set-up, whether it is a co-located or virtual CDU. The sustainability of CDUs relies on communication and a common vision in the fulfillment of purposes and goals. Conclusions: This study contributes to the understanding of the implementation of CDUs. The application of change frameworks assists with the identification of key success factors for implementing and sustaining change.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32477
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