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J Public Health Policy. 2010 Jul;31(2):150-63. doi: 10.1057/jphp.2010.3.

Predictors of preventable hospitalization in chronic disease: priorities for change.

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  • 1Griffith Institute of Health and Medicine, Research Centre for Clinical and Community Practice Innovation, Griffith University, University Drive, Meadowbrook Logan, Qld Australia 4131, Australia.


Research in the area of preventable hospitalization, hospital admissions that could otherwise be avoided, provides little guidance in terms of priority areas for change. This synthesis of multiple electronic databases searched systematically for studies related to preventable hospitalization identifies six priority areas for future action in three broad conceptual areas: person priorities (symptom management and supportive relationships), programme priorities (self-management supports and service delivery), and place priorities (local infrastructure and socio-economic opportunities). Attention to these priorities could help reduce preventable hospitalization while simultaneously improving health access and quality of care.

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