Early re-hospitalization of elderly people discharged from a geriatric ward.
Source: Aging: Clinical and Experimental Research 18(1).
Abstract: An observational cohort study to evaluate the incidence of and predictive factors associated with hospital readmission. Subjects were 839 patients with an average age of 80, whose hospital stay was between 1 and 274 days after being discharged from the Geriatric Ward of the San Giovanni Battista Hospital in Torino, Italy. Results indicated that at three months follow-up, 12.8% had been readmitted, 9.9% had only one readmission and 2.9% had one or more readmissions. Of the 10.1% that died, 88.2% had at least one readmission. Findings indicate that there a number of factors related to hospital admission, including tumors, dementia, comorbidity, education level, day hospital course and period of convalescence. (Cirrie Abstract)
Institution: Geriatric Section, Medical and Surgical Department, University of Torino, C.so Bramante 88, 10126 Torino, Italy