Residents of Glendale, Burbank and nearby areas are less likely to be admitted to hospitals for preventable medical problems than other California residents, according to a new state study.
The study, commissioned by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, offers insight into how well preventive care reduces medical emergencies and hospital stays.
Statewide, hospital admissions have dropped from 113 people per 1,000 in 1999 to 105 people per 1,000 in 2008, according to the study. Unnecessary hospitalizations have dropped in 10 out of 15 types of medical conditions studied.
A lower percentage of local patients were hospitalized for most of the conditions studied, including complications from diabetes, pulmonary disease, pneumonia and angina. Categories where more people in the valley were admitted to hospitals than elsewhere included hypertension, dehydration and urinary tract infections, according to the study.
The local region includes cites in the area spanning from La Cañada Flintridge to Calabasas.