Avoidable Hospitalization among Migrants and Ethnic Minorities in Developed Economies

  • Laura Cacciani
  • Nera Agabiti
  • Marina Davoli
  • Teresa Dalla Zuanna
  • Cristina Canova
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)


Avoidable hospitalization (AH) relates to conditions for which hospital admission could be prevented by interventions in primary care. Such conditions, called Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions (ACSCs), have been used as a marker of accessibility and primary care effectiveness. A lack of high quality primary and preventive care can in fact result in an increased AH.

There is evidence of differentials on the use of healthcare services between migrants and ethnic minorities living in developed economies and the autochthonous populations, which may in turn generate differentials in the health status.

The aim of this chapter is to address the issue of primary healthcare and preventive health services access of migrants and ethnic minorities in developed economies, using hospitalization for ACSCs as an indicator.


Migrants Ethnic minorities Avoidable hospitalization Primary care Quality of care Asthma Diabetes Literature review Developed economies 



We wish to thank Andrea Bardin (Resident Physician, Postgraduate School of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine, University of Padua, Italy) for his contribution to the review of the most recent literature about AH among migrants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Cacciani
    • 1
  • Nera Agabiti
    • 1
  • Marina Davoli
    • 1
  • Teresa Dalla Zuanna
    • 2
  • Cristina Canova
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology of the Lazio Regional Health ServiceASL Roma 1RomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of Cardiologic, Vascular and Thoracic SciencesUniversity of PaduaPaduaItaly

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