Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Potentially avoidable hospitalisations in Australia: Causes for hospitalisations and primary health care interventions

Potentially avoidable hospitalisations in Australia: Causes for hospitalisations and primary health care interventions reviews the available research evidence on the impact of initiatives to reduce potentially avoidable hospitalisations (PAHs).

This review identified several promising programs to reduce PAHs in chronically ill Australians. Common characteristics of effective initiatives included:

Þ early identification of patients who are at risk of hospitalisation
Þ care coordination and integration of services
Þ enhanced access to primary health care and focus on equity
Þ multidisciplinary care teams
Þ disease management, particularly for medium to long-term.

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