Focus on preventable admissions: Trends in emergency admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions, 2001 to 2013 – The Health Foundation – October 2013
“This QualityWatch report, published in partnership with the Nuffield Trust, explores patterns of emergency admissions across England for people with ambulatory care sensitive conditions.
For many years, clinicians, managers and policy-makers have tried various strategies to reduce hospital admissions, but rates have continued to increase. A particular focus has been on patients with conditions where timely access to high quality primary and preventive care can avoid the need for hospital admission in most cases.
These conditions are known as ambulatory care sensitive (ACS). Aggregate rates of emergency admissions for ACS conditions are commonly used to measure how well the health system is preventing unplanned hospital use. We were interested to understand how these rates varied across areas, and how they have changed over time – particularly in relation to the recent financial constraints introduced in the NHS.”
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