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|Title:||General practitioner management plans delaying time to next potentially preventable hospitalisation for patients with heart failure|
|Citation:||Internal Medicine Journal, 2014; 44(11):1117-1123|
|A. I. Vitry, T. A. Nguyen, E. N. Ramsay, G. E. Caughey, A. L. Gilbert, S. Shakib, P. Ryan, A. Esterman, R. A. McDermott, and E. E. Roughead|
|Abstract:||BACKGROUND: Several studies have shown that the Australian Medicare-funded chronic disease management programme can lead to improvements in care processes. No study has examined the impact on long-term health outcomes. AIMS: This retrospective cohort study assessed the association between provision of a general practitioner management plan and time to next potentially preventable hospitalisation for older patients with heart failure. METHODS: We used the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) claims database and compared patients exposed to a general practitioner management plan with those who did not receive the service. Kaplan-Meier analysis and Cox proportional hazards models were used to compare time until next potentially preventable hospitalisation for heart failure between the exposed and unexposed groups. RESULTS: There were 1993 patients exposed to a general practitioner management plan and 3986 unexposed patients. Adjusted results showed a 23% reduction in the rate of potentially preventable hospitalisation for heart failure at any time (adjusted hazard ratio, 0.77; 95% confidence interval, 0.64 to 0.92; P = 0.0051) among those with a general practitioner management plan compared with the unexposed patients. Within one year, 8.6% of the exposed group compared with 10.7% of the unexposed group had a potentially preventable hospitalisation for heart failure. CONCLUSIONS: A general practitioner management plan is associated with delayed time to next potentially preventable hospitalisation for heart failure.|
|Keywords:||Heart Failure; general practice; plan; Aged; population|
|Rights:||© 2014 The Authors; Internal Medicine Journal © 2014 Royal Australasian College of Physician|
|Appears in Collections:||Medicine publications|
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