Title

Care Coordination for Children with Complex Care Needs Significantly Reduces Hospital Utilization

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

School

Office of Assoc Dean - Higher Degrees (FBL)

RAS ID

12666

Comments

This article was originally published as: Peter, S., Chaney, G., Zappia, T., Van Veldhuisen, C., Pereira, S. M., & Santamaria, N. (2011). Care coordination for children with complex care needs significantly reduces hospital utilization. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 16(4), 305-312. Original article available here

Abstract

Purpose. The purpose was to evaluate an ambulatory care coordination program for children with complex care needs. Design and Methods. A pre- and postcohort evaluation design was implemented to analyze the impact on hospital utilization. Results. Results included a decrease in emergency department presentations (15%, p < .001), hospital admissions (9%, p < .019), and hospital bed days (43%, p < .001). Economic analysis indicated a cost savings of $A1.9 million per annum. Practice Implications. Hospital utilization is significantly reduced for children with complex care needs through 24/7 care coordination.