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Sharper tools — chronic conditions and avoidable admission

Jo M Longman, Megan E Passey and Dan P Ewald
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (6): 395-396.

To the Editor: Potentially avoidable hospital admissions are a key concern for every health care system. Admissions for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions (ACSCs) have been used as a proxy measure of potentially avoidable admissions in research and in policy and program development since the early 1990s.

Jo M Longman, Research Fellow1
Megan E Passey, Deputy Director — Research1
Dan P Ewald, Clinical Advisor2
1 University Centre for Rural Health — North Coast, University of Sydney, Lismore, NSW.
2 North Coast NSW Medicare Local, Ballina, NSW.
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Page A, Ambrose S, Glover J, Hetzel D. Atlas of avoidable hospitalisations in Australia: ambulatory care-sensitive conditions. Adelaide: Public Health Information Development Unit, University of Adelaide, 2007. http://digital. library.adelaide.edu.au/dspace/bitstream/2440/45319/1/hdl_45319.pdf (accessed Mar 2013).
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Ansari Z, Laditka JN, Laditka SB. Access to health care and hospitalization for ambulatory care sensitive conditions. Med Care Res Rev 2006; 63: 719-741.
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van Walraven C, Bennett C, Jennings A, et al. Proportion of hospital readmissions deemed avoidable: a systematic review. CMAJ 2011; 183: E391-E402.
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