Preventable admissions

It is possible to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions for patients with certain conditions by providing them with good quality preventive and primary care. These illnesses are known as ambulatory care-sensitive conditions. How common are these types of admissions, and are their rates rising?


For many years, clinicians, managers and policy-makers have tried various strategies to reduce hospital admissions, but rates have continued to increase.

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Ian Blunt

In this slideshow, Ian Blunt, Senior Research Analyst, Nuffield Trust, considers rates and trends of preventable admissions as well as the impact of deprivation.

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