What does this indicator measure?

This measure describes the hospital admission rate for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions (ACSC) and is age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. population. ACSCs are conditions where appropriate ambulatory (primary) care prevents or reduces the need for admission to the hospital.

Why is this indicator important?

This is considered an important measure of access to appropriate primary health care. While not all admissions for these ACSCs are avoidable, it is assumed that appropriate ambulatory care could prevent the onset of this type of illness or condition, control an acute episodic illness or condition, or manage a chronic disease or condition. A disproportionately high rate is presumed to reflect problems in obtaining access to appropriate primary care.

About the data

Community: Switzerland County

Reference: Indiana

Goal: No goal has been developed

Measurement Period: 2011

Category: Overall Health

Community Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Reference Source: Indiana State Department of Health, Epidemiology Resource Center