Feasibility and sustainability of a model of multidisciplinary case conferencing in residential aged care
This paper reports a pilot study examining the feasibility, acceptability and sustainability of a multidisciplinary case conferencing model in residential aged care. The model was developed through a consultation process and then implemented in 31 case conferences over a 6-month period between May and October 2008. This paper explores the feasibility and acceptability of model implementation, the experience of the facility staff, general practitioners and residents/family carers and the perceived sustainability of the model in clinical practice. It shows that although there was a degree of confusion around the concept of multidisciplinary case conferencing, implementation of this partnership model significantly improved communication between health workers, facilitated interaction between staff and family carers, and provided a focus for reflecting on individual residents' health needs.