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Trends In Paediatric Medical Admissions

Alison M. Hill
BMJ: British Medical Journal
Vol. 298, No. 6686 (Jun. 3, 1989), pp. 1479-1483
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/29704192
Page Count: 5
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Abstract

In the Oxford region from 1975 to 1985 the rate of discharge from paediatric departments, when standardised for age, rose by 88%. This increase was studied by using routinely collected data. It occurred in all age groups and was due mainly to an increase in emergency admissions for acute common childhood illnesses, particularly respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases. There was no evidence that increasing morbidity accounted for this rise; the change was due to factors in medical care. Over the 11 years the median length of stay fell from 2.4 to 1.5 days and by 1985 40% of children were discharged within a day after admission. The increase in admissions was due to lower thresholds for admission resulting in part from the increased availability of beds because of the diminishing lengths of stay.

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