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.
- Hospital use
- Utilization review
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Policy
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health