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Potentially preventable hospitalisations in rural community-dwelling patients


Ridge, A and Peterson, GM and Kitsos, AR and Seidel, BM and Anderson, V and Nash, R, Potentially preventable hospitalisations in rural community-dwelling patients, Internal Medicine Journal ISSN 1444-0903 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/imj.15545


Background:Potentially preventable hospitalisations (PPHs) are a common occurrence. Knowing the factors associated with PPHs may allow high-risk patients to be identified and healthcare resources to be better allocated, and these factors may differ between urban and rural locations.

Aim: To determine factors associated with PPHs in an Australian rural population.

Method: A retrospective review of admitted patients' demographic and clinical data was used to describe and model the factors associated with PPHs, using an age- and sex-matched control group of non-admitted patients.

Setting:A multi-site rural general practice, Tasmania.

Participants: Patients aged >18 years residing in the Huon-Bruny Island region of Tasmania, who were active patients at a rural general practice and were admitted to a public hospital for a PPH between 1/7/2016 and 30/6/2019.

Main outcome measures: Overnight admission to hospital for a PPH.

Results: Predictors with a significant odds-ratio (OR) in the final model were being single/unmarried (OR 2.43, 95%CI 1.38-4.28), higher Charlson Comorbidity Index score (OR 1.40, 95%CI 1.13-1.74) and the number of general practice visits in the preceding 12 months (OR 1.09, 95%CI 1.05-1.14).

Conclusion(s): This study found that being single and having a higher comorbidity burden were the strongest independent risk factors for PPHs in a rural population. Demographic and socioeconomic factors appeared to be as, if not more, important than medical factors and warrant attention when considering the design of programs to reduce PPH risk in rural communities. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:hospitalisation, preventable, risk factors, rural, health care, hospital admission
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Rural clinical health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Treatment of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Ridge, A (Mr Andrew Ridge)
UTAS Author:Peterson, GM (Professor Gregory Peterson)
UTAS Author:Kitsos, AR (Mr Alex Kitsos)
UTAS Author:Seidel, BM (Professor Bastian Seidel)
UTAS Author:Anderson, V (Ms Vinah Anderson)
UTAS Author:Nash, R (Dr Rosie Nash)
ID Code:147195
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2021-10-18
Last Modified:2021-11-19

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