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Am J Public Health. 2000 Dec;90(12):1920-3.

Length of stay and hospital readmission for persons with disabilities.

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University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston 77555-1028, USA. kottenba@utmb.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Length of stay (LOS) and hospital readmission for persons receiving medical rehabilitation were examined.

METHODS:

A total of 96,473 patient records (1994-1998) were analyzed. Mean age of patients was 68.97 years; 61% were female and 83% were non-Hispanic White.

RESULTS:

A decrease in LOS of 6.07 days (SD = 3.23) and increase in hospital readmission were found across all impairment groups (P < .001). Readmission increases ranged from 6.7% for amputations to 1.4% for orthopedic conditions. LOS was longer (2.1 days) for readmitted patients (P < .01). Age was not a significant predictor of rehospitalization.

CONCLUSIONS:

Understanding variables associated with rehospitalization is important as prospective payment systems are introduced for postacute care.

PMID:
11111267
PMCID:
PMC1446439
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