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Community Need and Preventable Hospitalizations

White Paper Published By: Truven Health Analytics
Truven Health Analytics
Published:  Feb 26, 2016
Type:  White Paper
Length:  2 pages

Truven Health Analytics™ evaluated the extent to which community need— a measure of the underlying economic and social factors that affect the overall health of a community, including income, cultural/language barriers, education, insurance and housing—is associated with elevated rates of preventable hospitalizations or an increased risk of hospitalization believed to be preventable with quality ambulatory care. The results of this investigation reveal a modest but statistically significant association between community need and an increased risk of hospitalizations that are believed to be preventable with good-quality ambulatory care.