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READMISSIONS: What factors influence 30-day pneumonia readmission rate?

Factors associated with either increasing or decreasing the rate of 30-day readmissions for pneumonia patients were studied based on data from 577 hospitals in California, Massachusetts, and New York.  Among the factors that were found to be associated with a lower readmission rate were being hospitalized in California; supplying the patient with instructions about recovering at home; and, hospitalist and RN hours per patient day, among others.  The authors draw conclusions related to the value of nurse staffing, communication, and responsiveness in reducing 30-day readmission rates for pneumonia.

Source: Flanagan, J., and Stamp, K.D. (2016, Feb.). Predictors of 30-day readmission for pneumonia. JONA. The Journal of Nursing Administration. 46(2), 69-74.  Click here for publisher’s website: http://journals.lww.com/jonajournal/Abstract/2016/02000/Predictors_of_30_Day_Readmission_for_Pneumonia.5.aspx  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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