Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions (ACSC)

Some illnesses like diabetes are treated primarily ambulatory. If the diagnosis is early enough and they are treated properly there should not be long-term complications. Such diagnoses for whom severe consequences can be prevented are called ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSCs). The aim of the project was to analyze hospital stays which occured due to ACSCs and the regional differences.

The results show that there indeed exist regions in Austria which high conspicuousness, even when standardization-methods to account for region-specific age and gender distributions are applied. As a consequence the load distribution of health care infrastructure in these regions varies from the rest of Austria and the results can be used to find hypotheses (e.g. shortage of treatment supply) which together with knowledge from other domains could provide explanations and possible solutions for better care.