Potentially avoidable hospitalisations in Australia: causes for hospitalisations and primary health care interventions
Bywood, Petra Teresia
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The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) described potentially avoidable hospitalisations (PAHs) as “admissions to hospital that could have potentially been prevented through the provision of appropriate non-hospital health services”. The AIHW classify PAHs into three main types: vaccine-preventable, chronic, and acute conditions. In 2009-10, PAHs related to chronic conditions were the most common, due mainly to the high rates of hospitalisations for diabetes complications (24% of all PAHs). Moderately high rates of PAHs were also reported for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), dehydration and gastroenteritis, and dental conditions (9-10% of all PAHs).