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Risk factors can ID patients more likely to be readmitted

from Physician's Briefing

Patients at greatest risk for an unplanned hospital readmission include those with chronic cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, those discharged on Fridays, and those with a high number of previous emergency department visits, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. Anja Braet M.D., from KU Leuven-University of Leuven in Belgium, and colleagues analyzed data from the Belgian Hospital Discharge Dataset (1,130,491 patients discharged in 2008) in order to identify patient and hospital factors contributing to readmission rates. more

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