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Does continuity of primary care reduce demand on emergency department presentations and hospital admissions? - GNT1078345

Project Member(s): Hall, J.

Funding or Partner Organisation: National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC Project Grants)

Start year: 2015

Summary: The overall aim of this project is to use whole-population Commonwealth and multi-State linked person-level data to evaluate the influence of patterns of primary care contact on ED visits and potentially preventable hospitalisations (PPHs) for patients with a range of national priority chronic / complex conditions including diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. The objectives are: 1. Evaluate the effects of continuity of primary care contact (as defined in the body of the application) on ED visits and PPHs for conditions defined as 'chronic / complex' and 'acute medical' in the National Health Performance Framework Performance Indicators. 2. Evaluate the impact of continuity of primary care contact on costs relating to ED visits and PPHs in WA from 1990-2013 and NSW from 2000-2013 3. Determine socio-demographic and clinical predictors of primary care contact patterns for patients with a range of acute medical and chronic/complex conditions in WA and NSW.

Keywords: continuity of care, evaluation, NSW, WA

FOR Codes: Health Policy Evaluation, Health Policy Economic Outcomes, Primary Health Care, Health Economics