• What proportion of hospital readmissions are preventable?

    The latest estimate, from Donzé and colleagues, is that of 10,731 eligible discharges for adults from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, 22.3% were followed by a readmission within 30 days. An estimated 8.5% of discharges were found to be potentially avoidable. Thus, according to this work, about 38% of readmissions are avoidable.

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    • And from there, we need to know what proportion of potentially avoidable discharges can be prevented under good and typical conditions.

      OK, so it’s not a huge amount of money overall. But every bit helps.

    • I wonder how many deaths following discharge could have been avoided had the patient remained in the hospital longer?