03 Nov DaPPHne study soon to commence at Blacktown Hospital
Since November 2014, the DaPPHne study (Diagnosing Potentially Preventable Hospitalisations) has been collecting data at Port Macquarie Base Hospital and Coffs Harbor Health Campus. The study aims to determine the proportion of hospital admissions for chronic conditions (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, diabetes complications and angina) that are deemed preventable and to identify potentially modifiable factors driving these, in order to develop effective interventions to reduce admissions and improve measures of health system performance. DaPPHne is being conducted by researchers at the UCRH in partnership with and funded by the Mid North Coast Local Health District, the North Coast Primary Health Network, and the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation.
In an exciting extension of this work, the DaPPHne study is commencing at Blacktown Hospital in December 2015. This arm of the study will be undertaken in partnership with and funded by the Western Sydney Local Health District and the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation. The inclusion of a metropolitan hospital in the DaPPHne study will allow for comparison of rural and metropolitan admissions and will result in increased generalisability of the study findings overall.