The importance of age and other variables in predicting paediatric patient flows in New South Wales.

J. F. Bridges, R. M. Hanson

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This research focuses upon the relationship between a child's age and the likelihood that the child was treated at a Specialist Children's Hospital rather than at a local hospital. While it is generally regarded that younger patients are more resource intensive, a study was required to determine whether the Specialist Children's Hospitals attracted younger patients. The analysis is based on 42,363 children treated in Greater Metropolitan Sydney in 1996/97, and on separations classified (role delineated) as non-tertiary DRGs (defined as Level 4 activity). However, this activity is of varying degrees of severity. A number of variables were used to explain why a child was treated at either a local hospital or at a specialist children's hospital. This study clearly demonstrates that Specialist Children's Hospitals do attract younger and more severe patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-99
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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