The use of preventable hospitalization for monitoring the performance of local health authorities in long-term care

Walter Ricciardi, Gianfranco Damiani, Andelija Arandelovic, Anna Acampora, Bruno Federico, Francesco Profili, Paolo Francesconi

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Abstract

Objective: The objective of the study was to examine whether there are differences in the performance of long-term care programs between local health authorities, using preventable hospitalization as an indicator. Methods: A retrospective cohort study compared the rate of preventable hospitalization for local health authorities in Tuscany (Italy) between January 2012 and September 2016. Several administrative datasets for the patients in long-term care programs were linked at the individual (patient) level. Elderly disabled patients 65 years of age and older in long-term care programs in Tuscany from both types of programs: nursing homes (n = 4 196) and home care (n = 15 659) were included in the study. Results: The rate of preventable hospitalization differed considerably between local health authorities. Three out twelve local health authorities had a significantly lower and one had a significantly higher preventable hospitalization rate than the regional average. Conclusion: There was a large variation in the rate of preventable hospitalization among the local health authorities. Applying preventable hospitalization as an indicator for quality, with implications for periodical audit can be used for monitoring the performance of a long-term care program.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-314
JournalHealth Policy
Volume122
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Continuity of care
  • Elderly
  • Health Policy
  • Long-term care
  • Preventable hospitalization
  • Quality indicator

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