Association between the availability of registered respiratory therapists and healthcare utilization of people with COPD
Project ID: 2018-019/2019 0950 039 000
Type of Response: Research report
Knowledge User: Respiratory Therapy Society of Ontario
ICES Scientist: Refik Saskin
Summary: Current evidence suggests there are significant positive outcomes associated with integrating registered respiratory therapists into non-traditional primary and home care settings. As part of a workforce planning initiative, the knowledge user seeks to correlate therapist location and employer type data to help identify the distribution of care and gaps in access to care. As a result, the knowledge user will also identify the needs of respiratory patients and contribute to the evidence-based system planning decisions on responsiveness to respiratory patient needs and available resources.