interRAI is a suite of clinical assessment instruments. It is developed by interRAI™, an international consortium of experts, and licensed for use in New Zealand by interRAI Services, part of Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand.
InterRAI is mandatory in aged residential care and home and community services for older people living in the community.
interRAI assessments are comprehensive clinical assessments, which focus on a person’s function. They are designed to show the assessor opportunities for improvement and any risks to the person’s health, which then form the basis of a care plan.
Six interRAI assessments are used in New Zealand. They are:
A health professional (e.g. a nurse, occupational therapist or social worker) has a structured conversation with the person and their family or carers, makes observations and refers to other clinical information. The assessor codes this information on software which creates a profile of the person’s needs and opportunities.
interRAI assessments provide information to support decision making by health professionals. They don't specify the range, type or hours of services to be allocated. This is a follow up process determined by local service guidelines and options.
Assessment information is stored electronically, in our data warehouse. It is securely encrypted to protect patient privacy.
Aggregated, anonymised data is used by researchers and academics, as well as contributing to service development, planning and research.
The interRAI assessment process supports clinical decision making and care planning using evidence based practice guidelines. It indicates opportunities for improvement and highlights potential areas of decline.
The comprehensive approach and holistic view ensures that all relevant health and wellbeing information about a person can be gathered from one assessment process, rather than through a battery of individual tests.
A quality assessment process, followed by tailored care planning, provides better health outcomes for clients and reduced care costs for the health sector.
interRAI offers New Zealanders assurance that wherever you live, whatever care needs you have, you will receive a quality assessment that meets current best practice.
All interRAI tools share a common language referring to the same clinical concepts in the same way across instruments, making it easy to build on previous assessments, even if they were done through a different tool in the suite.
All interRAI tools in New Zealand operate through a single national IT platform. This means that information only needs to be gathered once, and this information can then be used by clinicians many times across care settings, and from any location in New Zealand, ensuring continuity of care.
Having standardised tools on a national IT platform produces quality data which can be used in many different ways. The National interRAI Data Analysis and Reporting Centre analyses and reports aggregated data for use by healthcare professionals and policy makers to develop better health services and target resources according to need across the wider community.