Journal article

Relationship between health-related quality of life, comorbidities and acute health care utilisation, in adults with chronic conditions

Anastasia F Hutchinson, Marnie Graco, Tshepo Mokuedi Rasekaba, Sumit Parikh, David John Berlowitz, Wen Kwang Lim

HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE OUTCOMES | BMC | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: There is increased interest in developing multidisciplinary ambulatory care models of service delivery to manage patients with complex chronic diseases. These programs are expensive and given limited resources it is important that care is targeted effectively. One potential screening strategy is to identify individuals who report the greatest decrement in health related quality of life (HRQoL) and thus greater need. The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between HRQoL, comorbid conditions and acute health care utilisation. METHODS: A prospective, longitudinal cohort design was used to evaluate the impact of HRQoL on acute care utilisation rates over three-years of ..

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