Appropriateness of pediatric admissions to a tertiary care facility in Israel

M. Katz, S. S. Warshawsky, A. Porat, J. Press

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Abstract

Background: Appropriateness of hospital admission has both clinical and economic relevance, especially in light of the growing pressure for increased efficiency of health services utilization. In Israel, the number of referrals and use of the emergency room continue to rise along with an increase in hospital admissions and the number of inappropriate admissions. Using evaluation protocols, such as the Pediatric Appropriateness Evaluation Protocol, international studies have shown that 10-30% of hospital admissions are medically unnecessary. Inappropriate hospitalizations have an economic impact as well as medical and psychological effects on the child and the family. Objectives: To assess the extent and characteristics of inappropriate pediatric admissions to a tertiary care facility in Israel. Methods: We conducted a prospective study using chart review of pediatric admissions to Soroka University Medical Center on 18 randomly selected days in 1993, and evaluated the appropriateness of admissions using the PAEP. Results: Of the 221 pediatric admissions 18% were evaluated as inappropriate. The main reason for such an evaluation was that the problem could have been managed on an ambulatory basis. Inappropriate admissions were associated with hospital stays of 2 or less days, children older than 1 year of age, Jewish children, and self-referrals to the pediatric emergency room. Conclusions: The assessment and identification of characteristics of inappropriate hospital admissions can serve as indicators of problems in healthcare management and as a basis for improving quality of care and developing appropriate medical decision-making processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-503
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Volume3
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2001

Keywords

  • Admission criteria
  • Appropriateness evaluation
  • Pediatric hospitalization

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