Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 11, Issue 12, pp 762–764 | Cite as

Risk factors for nonelective hospital readmissions

  • David M. Smith
  • Barry P. Katz
  • Gertrude A. Huster
  • John F. Fitzgerald
  • Douglas K. Martin
  • Jay A. Freedman
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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 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David M. Smith
    • 4
    • 1
    • 3
  • Barry P. Katz
    • 2
  • Gertrude A. Huster
    • 2
  • John F. Fitzgerald
    • 1
  • Douglas K. Martin
    • 4
    • 1
  • Jay A. Freedman
    • 4
    • 1
  1. 1.the Division of General Internal MedicineIndiana University School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.the Division of Biostatistics of the Department of MedicineIndiana University School of MedicineUSA
  3. 3.The Regenstrief Institute for Health CareIndianapolis
  4. 4.Richard L. Roudebush VAMCHSR&D (11H)Indianpolis

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