Appropriateness of hospital use: An overview of italian studies

G. Fellin, G. Apolone, A. Tampieri, L. Bevilacqua, G. Meregalli, C. Minella, A. Liberati

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This paper reports on the general features and findings of 11 studies conducted in Italy on appropriateness of hospital admission and days of stay using the Appropriateness Evaluation Protocol (AEP). Studies have been grouped for presentation in two categories. The first comprises six heterogeneous studies illustrating different ways of targeting the use of the AEP: two used it to assess appropriateness of admission in an emergency room setting, two measured appropriateness of days of stay in patients with AIDS and nosocomial infections and finally two others evaluated hospital days in a group of elderly patients and "before and after" the institution of a domiciliary nursing service, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-225
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal for Quality in Health Care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1993


  • Appropriateness
  • Hospital use
  • Utilization review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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