Potentially preventable hospitalisations

APHID: Are 'potentially preventable hospitalisations' a valid inDicator of the quality and affordability of primary and community care in Australia?

Rates of potentially preventable hospitalisations (PPH) are regarded as an indicator of the quality and affordability of primary and community care. They are increasingly being used to track the progress of health reform in Australia and internationally. This project validated PPH as a measure of health system performance in Australia. Using linked person-level data, we explored relationships between frequency, volume, nature and costs of primary care services; hospital admissions for PPH diagnoses; health outcomes; and factors that confound and mediate these relationships. Using multilevel modelling techniques we quantified the contributions of person-, geographic- and service-level factors to variation in PPH rates, including socio-economic status, country of birth, geographic remoteness, physical and mental health status, availability of general practitioner (GP) and other services, and hospital characteristics.

Outcome and Translation

Our findings will inform the ongoing use of PPH to track the progress of health reform in Australia and internationally.

HERU researchers involved in this research project: Bob Elliott, Damilola Olajide and Marjon van der Pol

External collaborators: L Jorm (University of Western Sydney); A Leyland, F Blyth (MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow); K Douglas (Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney); S Redman (The Mater Hospital, Sydney);

Publications

Jorm, L.R., Leyland, A.H., Blyth, F.M., Elliott, R.F, Douglas, K.M.A., Redman, S. and On behalf of the Aphid Investigators (2012) 'Assessing Preventable Hospitalisation InDicators (APHID): protocol for a data-linkage study using cohort study and administrative data', BMJ Open,2, e002344.

Falster, M. O., Jorm, L. R., Douglas, K. A., Blyth, F. M., Elliott, R.F. and Leyland, A. H. (2015) 'Sociodemographic and health characteristics, rather than primary care supply, are major drivers of geographic variation in preventable hospitalizations in Australia', Medical Care, 53(5), 436-445.

Presentations

Elliott, R.F. (2012) 'Developing measures of the supply and efficiency of the health workforce', APHID (Assessing Preventable Hospitilisation InDicators) Reference Group, Sydney, Australia, November 2012.