Hospital Utilization and Characteristics of Patients Experiencing Recurrent Readmissions Within Children's Hospitals

Berry, Jay G.; Hall, David E.; Kuo, Dennis Z.; Cohen, Eyal; Agrawal, Rishi; Feudtner, Chris; Hall, Matt; Kueser, Jacqueline; Kaplan, William; Neff, John
February 2011
JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association;2/16/2011, Vol. 305 Issue 7, p682
Academic Journal
The article presents a study which described the inpatient resource utilization, clinical characteristics and admission reasons of patients who experienced recurrent readmissions within children's hospitals. It found that 69,294 patients experienced at least one readmission within 365 days of a prior admission. It noted that of the patients readmitted several times, 28.5% were hospitalized for a problem in the same organ system across all admissions during the interval. It concluded that a small cohort of recurrently readmitted pediatric patients is a key contributor to inpatient utilization and expenditures within a group of children's hospitals.


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