Continuity of outpatient care and avoidable hospitalization: a systematic review.

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Summary of "Continuity of outpatient care and avoidable hospitalization: a systematic review."

Continuity of care (COC) is a core element of primary care, which has been associated with improved health outcomes. Hospitalizations for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions (ACSCs) are potentially preventable if these conditions are managed well in the primary care setting. The aim of this article is to conduct a systematic review of literature on the association between COC and hospitalizations for ACSCs.


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Name: The American journal of managed care
ISSN: 1936-2692
Pages: e126-e134


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