Impact of team-based community healthcare on preventable hospitalisation: A population-based cohort study in Taiwan

Chyi Feng Jeff Jan, Che Jui Jerry Chang, Shinn Jang Hwang, Tzeng Ji Chen, Hsiao Yu Yang, Yu Chun Chen, Cheng Kuo Huang, Tai Yuan Chiu*

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Objectives The objective of this study was to explore the impact of Taiwan's Family Practice Integrated Care Project (FPICP) on hospitalisation. Design A population-based cohort study compared the hospitalisation rates for ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSCs) among FPICP participating and non-participating patients during 2011-2015. Setting The study accessed the FPICP reimbursement database of Taiwan's National Health Insurance (NHI) administration containing all NHI administration-selected patients for FPICP enrolment. Participants The NHI administration-selected candidates from 2011 to 2015 became FPICP participants if their primary care physicians joined the project, otherwise they became non-participants. Interventions The intervention of interest was enrolment in the FPICP or not. The follow-up time interval for calculating the rate of hospitalisation was the year in which the patient was selected for FPICP enrolment or not. Primary outcome measures The study's primary outcome measures were hospitalisation rates for ACSC, including asthma/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes or its complications and heart failure. Logistic regression was used to calculate the ORs concerning the influence of FPICP participation on the rate of hospitalisation for ACSC. Results The enrolled population for data analysis was between 3.94 and 5.34 million from 2011 to 2015. Compared to non-participants, FPICP participants had lower hospitalisation for COPD/asthma (28.6‰-35.9‰ vs 37.9‰-42.3‰) and for diabetes or its complications (10.8‰-14.9‰ vs 12.7‰-18.1‰) but not for congestive heart failure. After adjusting for age, sex and level of comorbidities by logistic regression, participation in the FPICP was associated with lower hospitalisation for COPD/asthma (OR 0.91, 95% CI 0.87 to 0.94 in 2015) and for diabetes or its complications (OR 0.87, 95% CI 0.83 to 0.92 in 2015). Conclusion Participation in the FPICP is an independent protective factor for preventable ACSC hospitalisation. Team-based community healthcare programs such as the FPICP can strengthen primary healthcare capacity.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere039986
JournalBMJ Open
Issue number2
StatePublished - 16 Feb 2021


  • epidemiology
  • health policy
  • primary care
  • quality in health care


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