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released: 7 Mar 2011 author: AIHW media release

Re-admissions for asthma can be considered an indicator of health system performance in relation to the management of patients with asthma. This bulletin examines the overall rate of re-admissions for asthmas in Australian and investigates time trends in re-admissions for asthmas as well as differences according to age, sex, socioeconomic status and remoteness of residence.

ISBN 978-1-74249-123-3; Cat. no. ACM 21; 24pp.; Internet Only

Summary

Hospital re-admission rates are an indicator of the quality of health-care provision and have important implications for policy makers and health care planners.

This report examines the overall rate of re-admissions for asthma within 28 days in Australia, looking at time trends and differences according to age, sex, socioeconomic status and remoteness of residence.

Data was obtained from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) National Hospital Morbidity Database. Record linkage analysis was used to identify re-admissions for asthma and the effect of sociodemographic factors were estimated using logistic regression.

Nationwide (excluding Queensland, data for which was not included in this report) re-admission rates for asthma remained stable between 1996–97 and 2004–05. The rate of re-admissions for asthma increased as the level of socioeconomic status decreased and varied by remoteness of residence.

These findings have implications for assessing health system performance in relation to asthma and suggest the need for further research using sub-state analysis of re-admission rates for asthma.

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Time trends and geographical variation in re-admissions for asthma in Australia. Cat. no. ACM 21. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 23 March 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737418275>.

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