2011-03-07 19:40:51 UTC

Liver Disease Patients Frequently Readmitted

March 7, 2011

These patients have a higher 90-day mortality rate than those who are not readmitted in 30 days.

The rate of readmission to the hospital 30 days after discharge (30-day readmission rate) is used as a quality measure for hospitalized patients. However, it has not been studied adequately for patients with advanced liver disease. In a study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, doctors found that patients with advanced liver disease frequently are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days after discharge. These patients have a higher 90-day mortality rate than those who are not readmitted in 30 days. These data might be used to develop strategies to reduce early readmission of hospitalized patients with cirrhosis.

Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology; 2011: 9(3): 254-59

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