Patient characteristics associated with hospitalisations for ambulatory care sensitive conditions in Victoria, Australia

Mohammad Zahid Ansari, S I Haider, Humaira Ansari, Tanyth E de Gooyer, C Sindall

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Abstract

Background: Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions (ACSCs) are those for which hospitalisation is thought to be avoidable with the application of preventive care and early disease management, usually delivered in a primary care setting. ACSCs are used extensively as indicators of accessibility and effectiveness of primary health care. We examined the association between patient characteristics and hospitalisation for ACSCs in the adult and paediatric population in Victoria, Australia, 2003/04. Methods. Hospital admissions data were merged with two area-level socioeconomic indexes: Index of Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSED) and Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA). Univariate and multiple logistic regressions were performed for both adult (age 18+ years) and paediatric (age
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 12
Number of pages12
JournalBMC Health Services Research
Volume12
Issue number1 (Art. No: 475)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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