Preventing avoidable rehospitalizations by understanding the characteristics of "frequent fliers"

Barbara J. Mulder, Huey Ming Tzeng, Nancy D. Vecchioni

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This project used chart review to evaluate 22 patients labeled as "frequent fliers," each with 4 to 8 readmissions over a 6-month period at a Michigan community hospital. The goal was to identify whether the 4 key elements identified by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement for reducing rehospitalization had been put into place for these patients. It found that a clear discharge plan was only documented for 15 (68%) of the 22 patients. Better coordinated care is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-82
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing Care Quality
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • discharge planning
  • hospitalization
  • patient discharge
  • patient readmission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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