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26% of elderly home health heart failure patients readmitted

About one-quarter of older patients with heart failure who were discharged with home health followup services were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days, according to this large-scale study of 2005 data from the Medicare Chronic Conditions Warehouse Of the patients who were readmitted within 30 days, 81 percent had one readmission, 16.4 percent had two readmissions, and 2.3 percent had three or more readmissions.  The average time to readmission was about two weeks.  The most important predictor of readmission was found to be the number of prior hospitalizations and dyspnea (shortness of breath).

What I like about this article: I always find patient disposition studies interesting — what happens to what percent of patients.  This study also comes from an authoritative source.

Source: Madigan, E.A., and others.  Rehospitalization in a national population of home health care patients with heart failure.  HSR. Health Services Research;47(6):2316-2338, Dec. 2012.  Click here for publisher’s website: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1475-6773.2012.01416.x/abstract Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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