Study links premature hospital discharge to higher mortality risk

08/28/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Researchers examined more than 1.9 million hospital admissions in Canada over two decades and found that patients who left the hospital against medical advice faced a more than twofold risk of dying 90 days after discharge as well as of needing to be readmitted after 30 days compared with patients who stayed as recommended. Worse outcomes were observed as early as one week after premature discharge and lasted as long as 180 days. The study appears in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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