A recent AHRQ report found that a significant percentage of hospitalizations -- both for acute and chronic conditions -- are potentially preventable.
Of the 40 million hospitalizations in 2008, 4 million could have potentially been prevented in patients had received appropriate outpatient care, according a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
In the report, Elizabeth Stranges, MS, and Carol Stocks, RN, found that older patients and those living in rural areas are more likely to have preventable hospitalizations.
Other key results from the analyses are as follows:
To access the report—Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations for Acute and Chronic Conditions, 2008—click here.
Do you think that enough is being done to prevent hospitalizations for chronic conditions? What possible impact will health care reform have on these trends?