The financial and health burden of diabetic ambulatory care sensitive hospitalisations in Mexico.


Lugo-Palacios, DG; Cairns, J; (2015) The financial and health burden of diabetic ambulatory care sensitive hospitalisations in Mexico. Salud publica de Mexico, 58 (1). pp. 33-40. ISSN 0036-3634

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To estimate the financial and health burden of diabetic ambulatory care sensitive hospitalisations (ACSH) in Mexico during 2001-2011.<br/> MATERIALS AND METHODS: We identified ACSH due to diabetic complications in general hospitals run by local health ministries and estimated their financial cost using diagnostic related groups. The health burden estimation assumes that patients would not have experienced complications if they had received appropriate primary care and computes the associated Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs).<br/> RESULTS: The financial cost of diabetic ACSH increased by 125% in real terms and their health burden in 2010 accounted for 4.2% of total DALYs associated with diabetes in Mexico.<br/> CONCLUSION: Avoiding preventable hospitalisations could free resources within the health system for other health purposes. In addition, patients with ACSH suffer preventable losses of health that should be considered when assessing the performance of any primary care intervention.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy
PubMed ID: 26879505
Web of Science ID: 368043300009
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2532222

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