August 22, 2018
Reducing emergency admissions: unlocking the potential of people to better manage their long-term conditions
Researchers from The Health Foundation connected the PAM scores on over 9,000 patients to how capable they feel to manage their long-term conditions such as asthma, diabetes and depression, and their use of health care.
They found that patients who were most able to manage their health conditions (i.e., higher activation) had 38% fewer emergency admissions than the patients who were least able to (lower activation). They also had 32% fewer attendances at A&E, were 32% less likely to attend A&E with a minor condition that could be better treated elsewhere and had 18% fewer general practice appointments.