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The Utility of Unplanned Early Hospital Readmissions as a Health Care Quality Indicator

Resource Type: Opinion/Editorials
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In this invited commentary, the author identifies and expounds upon two concerns regarding the use of early unplanned hospital readmissions as a health care quality indicator: 1) that many patient and hospitalization factors independent of care quality contribute to readmissions and 2) the accuracy in using these as a proxy for avoidable readmissions.

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Citation: van Walraven C. The Utility of Unplanned Early Hospital Readmissions as a Health Care Quality Indicator. JAMA Intern Med. 2015; 175(11): 1812-1814. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.4727.
evaluation & quality improvement readmission

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