Interventions to reduce unplanned hospital admission: a series of systematic reviews – National Institute for Health Research Research for Patient Benefit [NHS] – June 2012

Posted on July 19, 2012. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning |

Interventions to reduce unplanned hospital admission: a series of systematic reviews – National Institute for Health Research Research for Patient Benefit [NHS] – June 2012

“Executive summary

Background

Approximately 40% of hospital admissions in England are unplanned admissions (2009/10). Unplanned hospital admissions (UHA) are a problem for health systems internationally as they are costly and disruptive to elective health care, and increase waiting lists. Recent policy in the UK and elsewhere has focused on reducing UHA.

To reduce the burden on elective health care and resource use in the long term, it is therefore important to manage UHA. In order to do this we need to fully understand which interventions are effective in reducing UHA. There have been a small number of community or societal level public health or policy interventions aimed at reducing UHA. These approaches have been variable and generally inconclusive.

Therefore there was a need for a series of comprehensive systematic literature reviews that would identify interventions that address organisation of care and access for the purpose of reducing UHA.”

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