Brief Reports

Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 11, Issue 12, pp 762-764

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Risk factors for nonelective hospital readmissions

  • David M. SmithAffiliated withRichard L. Roudebush VAMC, HSR&D (11H)the Division of General Internal Medicine, Indiana University School of MedicineThe Regenstrief Institute for Health Care
  • , Barry P. KatzAffiliated withthe Division of Biostatistics of the Department of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • , Gertrude A. HusterAffiliated withthe Division of Biostatistics of the Department of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • , John F. FitzgeraldAffiliated withthe Division of General Internal Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • , Douglas K. MartinAffiliated withRichard L. Roudebush VAMC, HSR&D (11H)the Division of General Internal Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • , Jay A. FreedmanAffiliated withRichard L. Roudebush VAMC, HSR&D (11H)the Division of General Internal Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine

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Abstract

We previously reported a predictive model that identified potentially modifiable risk factors for nonelective readmission to a county hospital. The objectives of this study were to determine if those risk factors were generalizable to a different population. We found that the previously reported risk factors were generalizable, and other potentially modifiable risk factors were identified in this population of veterans. However, further research is needed to establish whether or not the risk factors can be modified and whether or not modification improves outcomes.

Key words

patient readmission patient discharge hospitalization