Congratulations to the Kia Kaha team for producing and sharing their first health system improvement guide.
The guide describes the project the team undertook as part of Counties Manukau Health’s Beyond 20,000 Days campaign, led by Ko Awatea. It includes the problem the team addressed, their aim, the improvements they developed and tested, and the outcomes of their project.
The Kia Kaha collaborative project was developed by a professional-peer team to create a model of care in the primary care setting for people living with two or more long-term conditions who require significant levels of hospital-based care. The model of care is based on the principles of engagement, activation and connection, and includes options for self-management education, health psychology, peer support and care co-ordination.
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The project achieved a 41% reduction in unplanned visits to Emergency Care among its patient cohort and increased patient engagement among identified patients from 50% to 95%. Kia Kaha participants showed significant reductions in psychological distress and improved activation.
The health system improvement guide is a celebration of the Kia Kaha team’s hard work, and a learning tool for other health professionals wanting to adopt and implement the project in their own areas.
If you would like to know more about Kia Kaha, please contact Diana Dowdle, Delivery Manager, Ko Awatea or Jacqueline Schmidt-Busby, Project Manager, Ko Awatea. Email: Diana.firstname.lastname@example.org or Jacqueline.Schmidt-Busby@middlemore.co.nz