All-cause readmission to acute care for cancer patients.
Healthc Q. 2012;15(3):14-6
Authors: Ji H, Abushomar H, Chen XK, Qian C, Gerson D
A recent Canadian Institute for Health Information report on all-cause readmission identified that cancer patients had higher-than-average readmission rates. This study provides further insight on the experience of cancer patients, exploring the risk factors associated with readmission at patient, hospital and community levels. An analysis showed that patient characteristics, including the reason for initial hospitalization, sex, co-morbidity levels, admission through the emergency department and the number of previous acute care admissions, were associated with readmission for cancer patients. In addition, we found that the readmission rate for these patients varied by hospital size and whether the patients lived in rural or urban locations.
PMID: 22986560 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]