Day case laparoscopic cholecystectomy - what's stopping us now?

Rashid, Sabina Yasmin (2015). Day case laparoscopic cholecystectomy - what's stopping us now? University of Birmingham. M.D.

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Introduction: Day surgery has many benefits for patients and the NHS, but progress in this area of healthcare has been slow. A high volume procedure, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, was chosen to explore this. The aim of this study was to explore and explain the factors that influence the uptake of day case laparoscopic cholecystectomy at three trusts and the impact of service redesign programmes on day case rates.
Methods: A mixed methods collective case study was conducted across three trusts. 34 semi-structured interviews were undertaken and 5 years of hospital activity data was analysed.
Results: Day case laparoscopic cholecystectomy rates did increase over a 5 year period at all trusts but to varying degrees. Factors that influenced activity according to qualitative data analysed were grouped into two themes: context and mechanisms.
Conclusion: Participants did not believe that the service redesign programmes had any direct impact on their practice. New ambulatory care facilities alone did not lead to increased day case laparoscopic cholecystectomy rates because the trust that performed the most did not have any change to their infrastructure. Clinical attitudes towards performing day case laparoscopic cholecystectomy were variable and may explain the difference in day case rates.

Type of Work: Thesis (Higher Doctorates > M.D.)
Award Type: Higher Doctorates > M.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Medical & Dental Sciences
School or Department: School of Health and Population Sciences
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine


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