The Impact of a Legislative Amendment on Administration Burden in Dutch Mental Healthcare

Authors Arjen Maris , Victor J.A. Buwalda , Julia Leermakers , Rishana Bouwman
Published in Proceedings of the 17th European Conference on Management Leadership and Governance, 8-9 november 2021 in Valletta, Malta
Publication date 8 November 2021
Research groups Process Innovation and Information Systems
Type Lecture

Summary

Abstract: The need for mental healthcare professionals in the Netherlands is increasing caused by the growth of patient complexity. The administration burden causes outflow of professionals and therefor they become increasingly scares. Improvement initiatives are aimed as the intended strategy and starts with (re)-structuring organizations through legislation and regulations. They entail both experienced and measured administration burden for healthcare professionals working in Long-Term Care (LTC). However, most studies only provide insight into the current administration burden or the impact of legislation and regulations on the administration burden from a broad perspective. These insights are useful to LTC managers, but more in-depth research is needed to implement laws and regulations to reduce the administration burden for LTC professionals in the future. The Compulsory Mental Healthcare Act (CMHA) was implemented in the Dutch mental healthcare and replaced the Special Admissions Act in Psychiatric Hospitals (SAAPH) on January 1, 2020. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of the legislative transition and to determine the effect on the administration burden of Dutch mental healthcare professionals. A survey concerning the administration burden for especially psychiatrists before and after the transition was distributed to an addiction institute with a diversity of different mental healthcare professionals and a psychiatric institute that has been led by psychiatrists. Also some interviews with the lead professionals where held. The results show that the administration burden among psychiatrists has increased due to the contact with external healthcare providers and contact with the patient, family and their loved ones (a consequence of the amendment of the law). This effect was significant and in line with the results of the interviews. Therefor we conclude that the administration burden has increased as a result of the legislative amendment.

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  • Arjen Maris
    • Researcher
    • Research groups: Process Innovation and Information Systems

Language English
Published in Proceedings of the 17th European Conference on Management Leadership and Governance, 8-9 november 2021 in Valletta, Malta
Key words Dutch Mental Healthcare, Administration burden, Legislative amendment, Public governance, Information Management

Arjen Maris

Arjen Maris

  • Researcher
  • Research group: Process Innovation and Information Systems