Research presented at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2012 revealed the differences in regional hospital readmission rates is closely tied to the availability of care to people, as well as their socioeconomic status.
Previous studies have suggested it's the quality of care in the hospitals that leads to readmission, but that is not always the case. Lead author of the study Dr. Karen E. Joynt said it has to be a team effort in order to combat hospital readmissions for patients, particularly the elderly.
"To really address the readmissions issue, we need to think about this in terms of community and population health," Joynt said. "Focusing on community-level factors – such as the supply and mix of physicians and targeting efforts towards poor and minority communities – may be more fruitful approaches to reducing readmissions We need to think outside the walls of the hospital."
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