Primary options for acute care: General practitioners using their skills to manage "avoidable admission" patients in the community

Show simple item record Aish, H. en Didsbury, P. en Cressey, P. en Grigor, J. en Gribben, B. en 2009-08-19T04:28:32Z en 2009-08-19T04:28:32Z en 2003 en
dc.identifier.citation New Zealand Medical Journal 116 (1169), 2003 en
dc.identifier.issn 1175-8716 en
dc.identifier.other eid=2-s2.0-18344411083 en
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dc.description.abstract Aim: To enrol 600 primary care "avoidable admission" patients in a programme that utilised general practitioners to manage those patients in the community. Methods: The Primary Options for Acute Care (POAC) programme ran from 26 February to 31 December 2001. Using networks already established, primary care teams were invited to manage patients using any resources they required, up to a cost of approximately $266 per patient. If needed, a Service Coordinator was available to arrange investigations, care, or treatment. Results: From 26 February to 31 December 2001, 707 patients were enrolled in POAC by 100 GPs. 104 patients (15%) were eventually admitted to hospital. An average of $200.73 per patient per episode was spent (not including administrative costs). A wide variety of patients and diseases were managed. Patients and general practitioners reported high levels of satisfaction with the programme. Conclusion: POAC demonstrated the ability and willingness of primary care providers to successfully manage patients who traditionally would be sent to hospital within a defined budget. en
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dc.title Primary options for acute care: General practitioners using their skills to manage "avoidable admission" patients in the community en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.subject.marsden Fields of Research::320000 Medical and Health Sciences en
pubs.issue 1169 en
pubs.volume 116 en
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dc.rights.holder Copyright: New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) en
dc.identifier.pmid 12601403 en
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