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Impact of a day‐care center on the appropriateness of hospital admissions and frequency of hospitalization in patients with HIV infection

Clara M. Escolano Hortelano (Unidad de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Servicio de Medicina Interna, Hospital General Universitari d´Elx, Elx, Alicante)
Félix Gutiérrez Rodero (Unidad de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Servicio de Medicina Interna, Hospital General Universitari d´Elx, Elx, Alicante)
Javier Ena Muñoz (Servicio de Medicina Interna, Hospital de la Marina Baixa, La Vila Joiosa, Elx, Alicante)
Concepción Benito Santaleocadia (Servicio de Medicina Interna, Hospital de la Marina Baixa, La Vila Joiosa, Elx, Alicante)
Mar Masiá Canuto (Unidad de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Servicio de Medicina Interna, Hospital General Universitari d´Elx, Elx, Alicante)
Alberto Martín Hidalgo (Unidad de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Servicio de Medicina Interna, Hospital General Universitari d´Elx, Elx, Alicante)
Antonia Mora Rufete (Unidad de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Servicio de Medicina Interna, Hospital General Universitari d´Elx, Elx, Alicante)
Ildefonso Hernández Aguado (Departamento de Salud Pública, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Elx, Alicante.)

British Journal of Clinical Governance

ISSN: 1466-4100

Article publication date: 1 June 2001

Abstract

Aims to assess the impact of a day‐care center (DCC) on hospital bed usage by HIV‐infected patients. Reviews the medical records of 710 hospital admissions of HIV‐infected patients admitted to two Spanish hospitals, one of them with a DCC, over a three‐year period. The proportion of unnecessary admissions was significantly higher in the hospital without a DCC. The rate of hospital admissions among patients who were admitted to hospital was also greater in the hospital without a DCC, as well as the rate of admissions among patients on antiretroviral drugs. Concludes that the availability of a DCC improves the appropriateness of hospital admissions and decreases the number of hospitalizations in HIV‐infected patients.

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Escolano Hortelano, C.M., Gutiérrez Rodero, F., Ena Muñoz, J., Benito Santaleocadia, C., Masiá Canuto, M., Martín Hidalgo, A., Mora Rufete, A. and Hernández Aguado, I. (2001), "Impact of a day‐care center on the appropriateness of hospital admissions and frequency of hospitalization in patients with HIV infection", British Journal of Clinical Governance, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 102-108. https://doi.org/10.1108/14664100110397214

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