Journal article

The relationship between number of primary health care visits and hospitalisations: Evidence from linked clinic and hospital data for remote Indigenous Australians

1 Jan 2013
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rimary health care (PHC) is widely regarded as essential for preventing and treating ill health. However, the evidence on whether improved PHC reduces hospitalisations has been mixed. This study examines the relationship between PHC and hospital inpatient care in a population with high health need, high rates of hospitalisation and relatively poor PHC access.

The results of this study demonstrate a U-shape relationship between PHC visits and hospitalisations. Under the conditions of remote Indigenous Australians, there may be an optimal level of PHC at which hospitalisations are at a minimum. The authors propose that the effectiveness of a health system may hinge on a refined balance, rather than a straight-line relationship between primary health care and tertiary care.

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ISBN: 
14726963
Volume: 
13
Publication Place: 
London, United Kingdom
Language: 
English
Published year only: 
2013
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