Primary care access is associated with fewer avoidable hospitalizations

Added June 26, 2020

Citation: Rosano A, Loha CA, Falvo R, et al. The relationship between avoidable hospitalization and accessibility to primary care: a systematic review. European Journal of Public Health. 2013 Jun 1;23(3):356-60.

What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a strain on healthcare services. Existing research on the relationship between avoidable hospitalization and accessibility to primary health care (PHC) might provide useful information for policy makers.

In this systematic review, the authors searched for studies that analyzed the relationship between avoidable hospitalization and measures of accessibility to primary health care in different healthcare systems. They restricted their search to articles published in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish since 1990 and did the search in October 2010. They included 51 studies, which were from Australia (1 study), Brazil (2), Canada (2), Italy (1), New Zealand (1), Spain (4), the UK (2) and the USA (38).

What was found: Areas with greater access to primary healthcare have lower hospitalization rates for ambulatory care sensitive conditions.


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