Between October 2017 and June 2018, the Commission worked with six early implementation sites to make improvements to their systems through testing the national vital signs chart, New Zealand early warning score and other tools and guidance.
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The evaluation involved a mixed method approach. Commission staff gathered quantitative data from audit and measurement activities and from one site’s electronic vital sign database. For qualitative data, they conducted focus group interviews with project teams and clinical staff at each site, and gathered feedback in learning sessions. Commission staff also interviewed project teams from Canterbury DHB and Hauora Tairāwhiti in order to learn from the issues that had delayed implementation at each of these sites. This evaluation report has also drawn on submissions from a more formal and broader stakeholder feedback exercise.