Researchers question need for efforts to reduce pediatric readmissions

11/7/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Preventable readmission rates are lower than all-cause readmission rates for children, and pediatric readmission rates are generally lower than those for adults, according to a study by researchers at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics conference. Lead researcher Dr. James Gay said many readmissions are caused by unpredictable disease processes so additional efforts to reduce rates may not be beneficial and could "distract from efforts in other areas, such as concentrating on patient safety."

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