Chart of the day: Mortality and readmissions

This chart is a bit unsatisfying since the methods that underlie it are not apparent in the AHA source document (PDF).

mortality-readmit

Still, it can’t be denied that dying reduces one’s risk of readmission. Yet, in general, one would not welcome death in place of a readmission. In the literature it’s standard to examine readmissions alone, not readmissions or death. But, to the extent the former makes sense to examine (e.g., as a measure of quality), I wonder if the latter makes even more sense.

@afrakt

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