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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