Almost a quarter of older patients who go to hospital with a diabetes-related illness are re-admitted within the month, new research shows.
The answer to staying out of hospital could be keeping in close touch with your GP, the University of South Australia study has found.
Almost half of the people who were re-admitted within 14 days of discharge had not seen their GP between hospital stays, the research in the Medical Journal of Australia shows.
Lead Researcher Gillian Caughey says more than 40 per cent of the admissions were preventable if appropriate primary care was provided.
In the study, researchers studied data relating to 848 patients aged between 76 and 89 years who had a diabetes hospitalisation in 2012.
Of these, almost a quarter (209) were re-admitted within a month.
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The main causes for re-admission were diabetes-related conditions (24 per cent), including foot ulcers (9 per cent) and hyperglycaemia or hypoglycaemia (6 per cent), the study in the Medical Journal of Australia founds.
Cardiovascular conditions accounted for 21 per cent and respiratory disorders 4 per cent.
“The results highlight the need for improved timeliness of primary care after discharge, as almost half of the people re-admitted within 14 days of discharge had not seen their GP during this time,” says Caughey.