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Medical Conditions: Respiratory Medicine

Charts 8, 9, 10 & 11

Different doctors sometimes treat the same medical problem different ways. In each community there are different options for caring for patients. Some involve putting a patient in the hospital and others don’t. Some communities are so spread out that some people have to travel a long way to get care. Sometimes, patients who live very far from the hospital are admitted because it is safer and more convenient.

These and other factors help explain why patients with the same health problems are put in the hospital in one town, while in another town the same patient is sent home to be cared for by their family.

Inpatient hospital care is expensive. The same amount of money we spend caring for one patient in the hospital might care for many patients getting care outside of the hospital.

When it is necessary, patients should be hospitalized. We also understand that avoidable admissions waste money and may not be as safe for the patient. Sometimes, it works best to be cared for outside of the hospital.

The Maine Quality Forum urges you to begin a community discussion about how and where your community treats medical problems. A good place to start is with your physicians, family, and friends.


I. Variation Charts
chart 1 intro > chart 1 | ssa intro > chart 1A > chart 1B | chart 2 intro > chart 2 | chart 3 intro > chart 3 | chart 4 intro > chart 4
chart 5 intro > chart 5 | chart 6 intro > chart 6 | chart 7 intro > chart 7 | chart 8 intro > chart 8
chart 9 intro > chart 9 | chart 10 intro > chart 10 | chart 11 intro > chart 11
II. Quality Analysis Charts
chart 12 intro > chart 12 | chart 13 | chart 14 | chart 15 | chart 16 | chart 17 | chart 18 | chart 19 | chart 20 | chart 21
chart 22 | chart 23 | chart 24 | chart 25 | chart 26 | chart 27 | chart 28
III. Disease Burden Charts
chart 29 | chart 30 | chart 31 | chart 32
IV. Demo Chart Quality
chart 33
V. Demo Chart Variation
chart 34
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