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Table 1 Eligibility criteria for the North Coast connecting care program

From: Frequent hospital admission of older people with chronic disease: a cross-sectional survey with telephone follow-up and data linkage

Inclusion characteristics Usual residential address within North Coast Area Health Service, and
  Aged over 65 at admission, and
  One or more diagnoses of:
  · Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (ICD10: J41 to J44)
  · Diabetes (ICD10: E10 to E15)
  · Hypertension (ICD10: I10, I11.9)
  · Congestive heart failure (CHF) (ICD10: I50, I11.0, J81)
  · Coronary artery disease (ICD10: I20 to I25)
  At least one unplanned acute admission in any 12 month period between July 2008 and Dec 2009 with one of the above five diseases as the principal diagnosis and a total of 3 or more unplanned acute hospital admissions in the same 12 month period with one of the five diseases as either the principal diagnosis or an additional diagnosis
Exclusion characteristics In receipt of palliative care
  In a residential aged care facility