Early Readmissions More Preventable Than Later Ones

Share this content:
Early Readmissions More Preventable Than Later Ones
Early Readmissions More Preventable Than Later Ones

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Early general medicine readmissions are more likely than late readmissions to be preventable with hospital-based interventions, according to a study published online May 1 in the Annals of Internal of Medicine.

Kelly L. Graham, M.D., M.P.H., from Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues examined data from 822 adults readmitted to a general medicine service at 10 academic medical centers in the United States. A structured survey instrument was used to determine whether readmissions within seven days of discharge differed from those between eight and 30 days after discharge regarding preventability.

The researchers found that 36.2 percent of early readmissions were preventable versus 23 percent of late readmissions. For preventing early readmissions, hospitals were better locations (median risk difference, 22.8 percentage points). In contrast, for preventing late readmissions, outpatient clinics (median risk difference, 10 percentage points) and home (median risk difference, 5.6 percentage points) were better locations.

"We believe it is time to change the model for patient outcomes after hospital discharge to one that recognizes shared accountability for readmissions along the entire spectrum of care," the authors write.

Several authors disclosed financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.

Abstract/Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

Phone-Based Intervention Aids Rheumatoid Arthritis Care

Phone-Based Intervention Aids Rheumatoid Arthritis Care

Educational phone calls with nurses promote shared decision making in care

Early PT Linked to Less Opioid Use in Musculoskeletal Pain

Early PT Linked to Less Opioid Use in ...

For opioid-naive patients, early physical therapy tied to less opioid use in shoulder, neck, knee, back pain

Emotional Stress of Holidays Can Trigger Heart Attacks

Emotional Stress of Holidays Can Trigger Heart Attacks

Higher risk seen on Christmas Eve, particularly in older adults with diabetes, heart disease

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »