Discharge against medical advice ups risk of readmission, death

03/24/2009 | Reuters

Patients who leave the hospital against medical advice put themselves at increased risk for serious illness and death, according to an analysis of studies dating back to 1970. One study found patients who left early were seven times more likely to be readmitted within 15 days and another showed heart attack patients who left had a 40% higher risk of death, another attack or unstable angina up to 2 years later.

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