Per capita increase in hospital presentations and admissions among children since the 1990s

Hardy, Andrew, Fuller, David G., Forrester, Mike, Anderson, Kym P., Cooper, Chris, Jenner, Bernard, Marshall, Isaac, Mccloskey, Kate, Sanderson, Christine, Standish, Jane and Vuillermin, Peter 2016, Per capita increase in hospital presentations and admissions among children since the 1990s, Journal of paediatrics and child health, vol. 52, no. 10, pp. 935-938, doi: 10.1111/jpc.13232.

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Title Per capita increase in hospital presentations and admissions among children since the 1990s
Author(s) Hardy, Andrew
Fuller, David G.
Forrester, Mike
Anderson, Kym P.
Cooper, Chris
Jenner, Bernard
Marshall, Isaac
Mccloskey, Kate
Sanderson, Christine
Standish, Jane
Vuillermin, PeterORCID iD for Vuillermin, Peter
Journal name Journal of paediatrics and child health
Volume number 52
Issue number 10
Start page 935
End page 938
Total pages 4
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-10
ISSN 1440-1754
Keyword(s) acute care
emergency department presentations
emergency medicine
hospital admissions
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Summary AIM: Data regarding temporal trends in per capita paediatric hospital presentations and admissions are required to inform health system and workforce planning. METHODS: Emergency Department (ED) presentations and admissions to the University Hospital Geelong among patients aged 0 to 16 years over a 12-month period (2012-2013) were determined by review of hospital records and then compared with similar data collected during 1996/1997.(1) During each period, the Geelong region was serviced by a single ED, enabling us to estimate per capita presentation and admission rates. RESULTS: Since 1996/1997, per capita paediatric presentations to the ED increased from 643 to 1837 per 10 000 (186%; 95% confidence interval 181% to 191%). Moreover, the proportion of paediatric ED presentations resulting in hospital admission increased from 12.3% to 18.3% (49%; 95% confidence interval 39% to 59%). CONCLUSIONS: There has been a substantial absolute and per capita increase in paediatric ED presentations and hospital admissions since the 1990s. These trends place an increasing burden on the public hospital system, and strategies are required to promote paediatric acute care in the ambulatory setting.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/jpc.13232
Field of Research 111499 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine not elsewhere classified
1114 Paediatrics And Reproductive Medicine
Socio Economic Objective 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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