Length of stay and hospital readmission for persons with disabilities

Kenneth Ottenbacher, P. M. Smith, S. B. Illig, R. C. Fiedler, C. V. Granger

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Objectives. Length of stay (LOS) and hospital readmission for persons receiving medical rehabilitation were examined. Methods. A total of 96473 patient records (1994-1998) were analyzed. Mean age of patients was 68.97 years; 61% were female and 83% were non-Hispanic White. Results. A decrease in LOS of 6.07 days (SD=3.23) and increase in hospital readmission were found across all impairment groups (P<.001). Readmission increases tanged from 6.7% for amputations to 1.4% for orthopedic conditions. LOS was longer (2.1 days) for readmitted patients (P<.01). Age was not a significant predictor of rehospitalization. Conclusions. Understanding variables associated with rehospitalization is important as prospective payment systems are introduced for postacute care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1920-1923
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume90
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2000

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Patient Readmission
Disabled Persons
Length of Stay
Subacute Care
Prospective Payment System
Amputation
Orthopedics
Rehabilitation

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Ottenbacher, K., Smith, P. M., Illig, S. B., Fiedler, R. C., & Granger, C. V. (2000). Length of stay and hospital readmission for persons with disabilities. American Journal of Public Health, 90(12), 1920-1923.

Length of stay and hospital readmission for persons with disabilities. / Ottenbacher, Kenneth; Smith, P. M.; Illig, S. B.; Fiedler, R. C.; Granger, C. V.

In: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 90, No. 12, 2000, p. 1920-1923.

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Ottenbacher, K, Smith, PM, Illig, SB, Fiedler, RC & Granger, CV 2000, 'Length of stay and hospital readmission for persons with disabilities', American Journal of Public Health, vol. 90, no. 12, pp. 1920-1923.
Ottenbacher, Kenneth ; Smith, P. M. ; Illig, S. B. ; Fiedler, R. C. ; Granger, C. V. / Length of stay and hospital readmission for persons with disabilities. In: American Journal of Public Health. 2000 ; Vol. 90, No. 12. pp. 1920-1923.
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