Primary practitioners keep people out of hospital

People with type 2 diabetes who engage regularly with their primary health care practitioners are much less likely to be admitted to hospital than those who don’t, according to an assessment of 20,000 Australians with the condition.

But it’s not enough to have only a GP management plan or a team-care arrangement prepared.

“That alone has no impact on  hospitalisation, says Associate Professor Elizabeth Comino (pictured), a primary care researcher at the University of NSW.

Hospitalisation risk is reduced for