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Disruptions of patients during hospitalization raise readmission risk

from HealthLeaders

Evidence is mounting that negative patient experiences during hospitalization can hinder rather than encourage recovery from illness. A 2013 study linked hospitalization to physiologic disturbances that make patients vulnerable to new or recurrent illnesses after discharge. In addition to patient suffering, readmissions and ER visits after discharge increase cost of care significantly.This month in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers found that a high degree of hospital disruption was associated with a 15.8 percent greater absolute risk of readmission or emergency department visits after discharge. more

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