How Do Allied Health Professionals Define and Apply Equity When Making Resource Allocation Decisions?

Lane, H, Sturgess, T, Philip, K, Markham, D, Walsh, J, Hubbard, W, Martin, J and Haines, T 2018, 'How Do Allied Health Professionals Define and Apply Equity When Making Resource Allocation Decisions?', International Journal of Health Services, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 349-364.


Document type: Journal Article
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Title How Do Allied Health Professionals Define and Apply Equity When Making Resource Allocation Decisions?
Author(s) Lane, H
Sturgess, T
Philip, K
Markham, D
Walsh, J
Hubbard, W
Martin, J
Haines, T
Year 2018
Journal name International Journal of Health Services
Volume number 48
Issue number 2
Start page 349
End page 364
Total pages 16
Publisher Sage Publications Inc.
Abstract An ethnographic study was conducted in 2 stages to understand how allied health professionals define and apply equity when making resource allocation decisions. Participants were allied health managers and clinicians from Victoria, Australia. Stage 1 included 4 semi-structured forums that incorporated real-life case studies, group discussions, and hypothetical scenarios. The projects steering committee began a thematic analysis during post-forum discussions. Stage 2 included a key stakeholder working party that further discussed the concept of equity. The forum recordings were transcribed verbatim, and a detailed thematic analysis ensured the initial thematic analysis was complete. Several domains of equity were discussed. Participants would readily identify that equity was a consideration when making resource decisions but were generally silent for a prolonged period when prompted to identify what they meant when using this term. The findings indicate that asking allied health professionals to directly state how they define and apply equity to their decision-making could be too difficult a task, as this did not elicit rich and meaningful discussions. Future research should examine individual domains of equity when applied to resource allocation decisions.
Subject Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) allied health
decision making
equity
priority setting
resource allocation
DOI - identifier 10.1177/0020731418762721
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ISSN 0020-7314
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