Length of stay and hospital readmission for persons with disabilities

K. J. 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
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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