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Gorman, J and Vellinga, A and Gilmartin, J and O’Keeffe, ST (2010) Frequency and risk factors associated with emergency medical readmissions in Galway University Hospitals. Irish Journal of Medical Science , 179 , (2) , pp. 255-258.

BACKGROUND: Unplanned readmissions of medical hospital patients have been increasing in recent years. We examined the frequency and associates of emergency medical readmissions to Galway University Hospitals (GUH).

METHOD: Readmissions during the calendar year 2006 were examined using hospital in-patient enquiry data. Associations with clinical and demographic factors were determined using univariate and multivariate analyses.

RESULTS: The medical emergency readmission rate to GUH, after correction for death during the index admission, was 19.5%. Age 65 years or more, male gender, length of stay more than 7 days and primary diagnoses of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, myocardial infarction, alcohol-related disease and heart failure during the index admission were significantly associated with readmission in univariate and multivariate analyses.

CONCLUSION: The medical emergency readmission rate in GUH is comparable to other acute hospitals in Ireland and Britain. Further evaluation is needed to estimate the proportion of readmissions that are potentially avoidable.


Item Type:Article
Date:2010
Page Range:pp. 255-258
Publisher:Springer
Volume:179
Number:2
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Accession Number:HRB (Not in collection)
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Subjects:G Health and disease > State of health
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Care by type of problem > Emergency care
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Galway
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Hospital

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