Measuring quality of care for musculoskeletal injuries in the Emergency Department.

Development of quality indicators for care of patients with musculoskeletal injuries.

Grant ID: EMPJ-103R22-2014

Lay Summary

The increasing demand on emergency health care in Australia has seen recent emphasis on clinical redesign initiatives that are focused on time-based performance measures and activity-based funding. While congestion in emergency departments continues, and emphasis is placed on reaching these time targets, the quality of care that patients receive when presenting with non-life threatening injuries is potentially compromised.

To date, there is a lack of high-level evidence surrounding the type of quality indicators (QIs) that should be used in EDs to measure quality of care. This project will develop QIs for care of patients who present to EDs with musculoskeletal injuries under appropriate expert review. The final QI set will allow application across EDs and will contribute to comparison and optimisation of emergency care for patients in ED with musculoskeletal injuries.

Leveraged Funds

- $19,130.00 HP Grant


Conference Presentation/Abstract:

CI Kirsten Strudwick presented a 15 minute oral presentation at the Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference, at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in October 2015. The topic of the presentation was "Quality indicators for musculoskeletal injury management in the Emergency Department: a systematic review". The presentation included a few slides on the research project as a whole, and questions from the audience were largely focussed on the expert panel input and field-study.



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Principal Investigator:
Dr Anthony Bell

Co Investigators:
Dr Melinda Martin-Khan
A/Prof Trevor Russell
Ms Kirsten Strudwick
Dr Michael Bourke

Associate Investigators:
Mrs Bronwyn Griffin


Collaborating Institutions


  • Channe 10 Eyewitness News story (September 2016)
  • EMF media release (September 2016)
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