How important is it to identify avoidable hospital readmissions with certainty?

Goldfield, Norbert
April 2011
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;4/19/2011, Vol. 183 Issue 7, pE368
Academic Journal
In this article the author discusses the study "Proportion of hospital readmission deemed avoidable: a systematic review," by C. van Walraven and colleagues. He is critical of the focus of the researchers which is on the clinical causes of hospital readmission. He argues that the use of reproducible methods to identifying readmission could help identify the preventable readmissions and readmission could be lessen through collaboration of health care teams and payment incentives to hospitals.


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