Availability of stroke services and hospital facilities at different hospital levels in Thailand: a cross-sectional survey study

Kumluang, S., Geue, C. , Langhorne, P. and Wu, O. (2022) Availability of stroke services and hospital facilities at different hospital levels in Thailand: a cross-sectional survey study. BMC Health Services Research, 22, 1558. (doi: 10.1186/s12913-022-08922-2) (PMID:36539806) (PMCID:PMC9764597)

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Abstract

Background Stroke has one of the biggest burden of disease in Thailand and all health regions have been tasked to develop their service delivery to achieve the national key performance indicators set out by the Thai service plan strategy 2018–2022. Our aim was to characterise stroke services and hospital facilities by investigating differences in facilities across different hospital levels in Thailand. Methods Self-complete questionnaires were distributed to 119 hospitals in 12 health regions between November–December 2019. Participants were health professionals whose main responsibilities are related to stroke service provision in their hospital. Descriptive statistics were used to report differences of stroke service provision between advanced-level, standard-level and mid-level referral hospitals. Results Thirty-eight (32% response rate) completed questionnaires were returned. All advanced-level, standard-level (100%) and 55% of mid-level referral hospitals provided stroke units. Neurologists were available in advanced-level (100%) and standard-level referral hospitals (50%). Standard-level and mid-level referral hospitals only had a quarter of rehabilitation physicians compared to advanced-level referral hospital. Home-based rehabilitation was provided at 100% in mid-level but only at 16% and 50% in advanced-level and standard-level referral hospitals. Conclusions Setting up a stroke unit, as a national goal that was set out in the service plan strategy 2018–2022, was achieved fully (100%) in advanced-level and standard-level referral hospitals including key essential supportive components. However, capacity in hospitals was found to be limited and stroke service delivery needs to be improved especially at mid-level referral hospitals. This should include regular organisational surveys and the use of electronic records to facilitate monitoring of clinical/health outcomes of patients.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Funding: International Health Policy Program Foundation.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kumluang, Suthasinee and Wu, Professor Olivia and Geue, Dr Claudia and Langhorne, Professor Peter
Authors: Kumluang, S., Geue, C., Langhorne, P., and Wu, O.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment
Journal Name:BMC Health Services Research
Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN:1472-6963
ISSN (Online):1472-6963
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Authors
First Published:First published in BMC Health Services Research 22: 1558
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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