Avoidable admissions: Respiratory diseases

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Chronic conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are either preventable or manageable through proper prevention or primary care interventions. Proper management of these chronic conditions in primary care settings can reduce exacerbation and costly hospitalisation. Hospital admission rates serve as a proxy for primary care quality, so high admission rates may point to poor care co‐ordination or care continuity. They may also indicate structural constraints such as the supply of family physicians (AHRQ, 2009; Starfield et al., 2005).

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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