Atlas of potentially avoidable hospitalisations in South Australia

Published: September 2008

Avoidable hospitalisations represent a range of conditions for which hospitalisation should be able to be avoided because the disease or condition has been prevented from occurring, or because individuals have had access to timely and effective primary care. This report addresses the level and extent of regional variation in South Australia in a sub-set of avoidable hospitalisations, namely those arising from ambulatory care-sensitive (ACS) conditions. ACS conditions are certain conditions for which hospitalisation is considered potentially avoidable through preventive care and early disease management, usually delivered in a primary care setting, for example by a general medical practitioner, or at a community health centre.

Authored by PHIDU

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Executive summary

1 Introduction

2 Methods

3 Avoidable hospitalisations: hospital admissions resulting from ambulatory care-sensitive conditions

  • Avoidable and unavoidable hospitalisations
  • Potentially avoidable hospitalisations: by hospital type
  • Potentially avoidable hospitalisations: time trend
  • Potentially avoidable hospitalisations by age and sex
  • Potentially avoidable hospitalisations by Health Region
  • Potentially avoidable hospitalisations by Statistical Local Area
  • Correlation analysis
  • Potentially avoidable hospitalisations by socioeconomic status
  • Cost of potentially avoidable hospitalisations
  • ICD codes
  • Maps of Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage
  • Geographic areas mapped