The probability of readmission within 30 days of hospital discharge is positively associated with inpatient bed occupancy at discharge - a retrospective cohort study.

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Abstract

Previous work has suggested that given a hospital's need to admit more patients from the emergency department (ED), high inpatient bed occupancy may encourage premature hospital discharges that favor the hospital's need for beds over patients' medical interests. We argue that the effects of such action would be measurable as a greater proportion of unplanned hospital readmissions among patients discharged when the hospital was full than when not. In response, the present study tested this hypothesis by investigating the association between inpatient bed occupancy at the time of hospital discharge and the 30-day readmission rate.

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  • Helsingborg Hospital
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  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
Original languageEnglish
Article number37
JournalBMC Emergency Medicine
Volume15
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes