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Better work environment may cut hospital readmission rates

from HealthDay News

Hospitals with a good work environment for nurses have fewer patient readmissions than those with poor working conditions, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from more than 200,000 nurses and 412 hospitals. The investigators found that readmission rates to hospital within 30 days after discharge were 7 percent lower for Medicare patients over age 65 with heart failure, 6 percent lower for heart attack patients and 10 percent lower for patients with pneumonia who were treated in hospitals with good work environments. more

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