Quality frameworks for telephone triage

Aust Health Rev. 2008 Nov;32(4):786-91. doi: 10.1071/ah080786.


The establishment of the Grampians After-Hours Service has led to the development of a quality framework for nurse telephone triage. The service providers believe this framework is the basis for the service's success. While quality frameworks including critical evaluation and peer review are not new to the health industry, the development of organisational systems to improve quality in after-hours services is innovative. The framework developed is comprehensive, evidenced-based and emphasises training, protocols and documentation. It also involves a continuous and non-punitive quality review process that operates at the individual, small group, organisation and whole-system level. The framework will continue to improve and at this time provides a foundation for discussion and further application in the pursuit of quality improvement in rural after-hours health services.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • After-Hours Care / standards
  • Family Practice
  • Humans
  • Nurse's Role
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care*
  • Telecommunications*
  • Triage / standards*
  • Victoria