Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control: Pediatric readmission rates by hospital type for 17 diagnoses
By Mackenzie Bean
Readmission rates among pediatric patients with the same diagnosis vary greatly based on hospital type, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.
A team of researchers led by Amanda Montalbano, MD, a physician in the division of urgent care and department of pediatrics at Kansas City, Mo.-based Children's Mercy Hospital conducted the study. Researchers calculated average readmission rates and corresponding Achievable Benchmarks of Care for the 17 most common readmission diagnoses in patients under age 18. ABCs are used to establish realistic quality performance benchmarks for hospitals.
Researchers found significant variation in readmission rates between hospitals. However, sickle cell disease had the highest readmission rate across all hospital types. They concluded that it is important to take hospital types into account when establishing quality benchmarks, such as ABCs.
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