Managing chronic conditions care across primary care and hospital systems: lessons from an Australian Hospital Avoidance Risk Program using the Flinders Chronic Condition Management Program

Sharon Lawn, Sara Zabeen, David Smith, Ellen Wilson, Cathie Miller, Malcolm Battersby, Kevin Masman

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Abstract

Objective. The study aimed to determine the impact of the Flinders Chronic Condition Management Program for chronic condition self-management care planning and how to improve its use with Bendigo Health's Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP). Methods. A retrospective analysis of hospital admission data collected by Bendigo Health from July 2012 to September 2013 was undertaken. Length of stay during admission and total contacts post-discharge by hospital staff for 253 patients with 644 admissions were considered as outcome variables. For statistical modelling we used the generalised linear model. Results. The combination of the HARP and Flinders Program was able to achieve significant reductions in hospital admissions and non-significant reduction in emergency department presentations and length of stay. The generalised linear model predicted that vulnerable patient groups such as those with heart disease (P = 0.037) and complex needs (P 0.001) received more post-discharge contacts by HARP staff than those suffering from diabetes, renal conditions and psychosocial needs when they lived alone. Similarly, respiratory (P 0.001), heart disease (P = 0.015) and complex needs (P = 0.050) patients had more contacts, with an increased number of episodes than those suffering from diabetes, renal conditions and psychosocial needs. Conclusion. The Flinders Program appeared to have significant positive impacts on HARP patients that could be more effective if high-risk groups, such as respiratory patients with no carers and respiratory and heart disease patients aged 0-65, had received more targeted care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)542-549
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Health Review
Volume42
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Bibliographical note

AHHA 2018 Open Access CC BY-NC-ND

Keywords

  • Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP)
  • Managing chronic conditions
  • chronic condition self-management

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