Asking Heart Attack Patients About Post-Discharge Care Helps Reduce Follow-Up ED Visits
Older heart attack patients who were asked whether they had help at home before being discharged from the hospital were significantly less likely to make a subsequent emergency department visit, according to new research.
Transitions from hospital to home are high-risk events, especially for older patients. Researchers studied responses from more than 2,100 patients aged 75 and older to questions from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey.
Patients who said they were asked whether they had sufficient help at home were significantly less likely to use the emergency department within 30 days of discharge.
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