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Table 5 Analysis of papers addressing proposed key principles for effective visiting services

From: What is the overall impact or effectiveness of visiting primary health care services in rural and remote communities in high-income countries? A systematic review

Key Principles Papers
Aljasir & Alghamdi Allen Jackson-Pulver et al. McDermott et al. Roberts-Thomson et al. Rowley et al. Scrace & Margolis
Justification Service established to improve equity and access Described community consultations Inability to attract a resident dentist Not mentioned Not mentioned A “degree of unmet need for medical treatment”; mobile service enables population to stay on traditional homelands Describes a known higher rate of skin cancer in remote areas
Scheduling Expressed dissatisfaction relating to service scheduling only once per week. Not mentioned Not mentioned although a Steering Committee was established Not mentioned Not mentioned Mentions regular outreach visits “at the direction of the Health Council” Mentions regularly scheduled visits but not how the schedules are derived
Co-ordination No resident service and no mention of other services Describes the presence of existing health infrastructure as a major advantage Not mentioned although a Steering Committee was established Not mentioned Not mentioned Not mentioned Not mentioned
Scope No mention of scope but study participants dissatisfied with range of services Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and social work Dental service Diabetes outreach service Oral health Not mentioned Skin cancer clinic
Continuity Not mentioned Described as essential Important to “virtually all respondents” & maintained in project design Not mentioned Not mentioned Not mentioned Mentions continuity of care as an ideal but not achieved in this study
Support No resident team Not mentioned Integration within a primary health care setting described as important Mentions that this is likely to be important Integrating oral health care into broader primary care activities described as important Not mentioned Describes harnessing local resource to promote the service
Review The study is an example of the type of review that should occur. No mention made of this occurring routinely. Not mentioned This study is an evaluation of the service but no mention made of this occurring routinely. This study is an evaluation of the service but no mention made of this occurring routinely. This study is an evaluation of the service but no mention made of this occurring routinely. Follow up of previous population-based surveys Not mentioned