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Lonhala Magnair

Characteristics Associated With Hospital Readmissions Identified

Three-quarters of patients readmitted to a hospital after being discharged return to the same hospital, according to a new AHRQ-funded study.

Patients admitted for orthopedic conditions and patients who entered the hospital through the emergency department were the most likely to have a same-hospital readmission.

Regarding readmissions overall, the highest rates were found in patients aged 65-84, though patients 45-64 who underwent spinal fusion had similar readmission rates.

The condition most commonly associated with readmission was heart failure, and the conditions for which a readmission was least likely were hip and knee arthroplasty.

Women made up a larger portion of readmissions across all conditions, except for heart attack.

To learn more, see Henke et al. (2015). Patient factors contributing to variation in same-hospital readmission rate. Medical Care Research and Review, 72(3), 338-358. doi: 10.1177/1077558715577478

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