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Geriatrics 2018, 3(1), 4; https://doi.org/10.3390/geriatrics3010004

Risk Factor Assessment of Hospice Patients Readmitted within 7 Days of Acute Care Hospital Discharge

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Northwell Health, Manhasset, NY 11030, USA
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Hospice Care Network, Woodbury, NY 11797, USA
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Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, NY 11030, USA
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Received: 28 December 2017 / Revised: 18 January 2018 / Accepted: 19 January 2018 / Published: 24 January 2018
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Abstract

Factors surrounding readmission rates for hospice patients within seven days are still relatively unknown. The present study specifically investigates the seven-day readmission rate of patients newly discharged to hospice, and the predictive factors associated with readmission for this population. In a retrospective case-control study, we seek to identify potential predictors by comparing the characteristics of patients discharged to hospice and readmitted within one week to patients who were not readmitted. Cases (n = 46) were patients discharged to home hospice and readmitted to the hospital within seven days. Controls (n = 117) were patients discharged to home hospice and not readmitted to the hospital within seven days. Significant risk factors for readmission within seven days were found to be: age (p < 0.01), race (p < 0.001), language (p < 0.001), and insurance (p < 0.001). Further study of these predictors may identify opportunities for interventions that address patient and family concerns that may lead to readmission. View Full-Text
Keywords: hospice; risk factors; palliative care; readmission hospice; risk factors; palliative care; readmission
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Wilson, A.; Martins-Welch, D.; Williams, M.; Tortez, L.; Kozikowski, A.; Earle, B.; Attivissimo, L.; Rosen, L.; Pekmezaris, R. Risk Factor Assessment of Hospice Patients Readmitted within 7 Days of Acute Care Hospital Discharge. Geriatrics 2018, 3, 4.

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