Exploring the preventable causes of unplanned readmissions using root cause analysis: Coordination of care is the weakest link

Published: 13 January 2016
Author(s): K.S. Fluitman, L.S. van Galen, H. Merten, S.M. Rombach, M. Brabrand, T. Cooksley, C.H. Nickel, C.P. Subbe, M.H.H. Kramer, P.W.B. Nanayakkara, On behalf of the safer@home consortium
Issue: January 2016
Section: Original Article

Unplanned readmissions within 30days are a common phenomenon in everyday practice and lead to increasing costs. Although many studies aiming to analyze the probable causes leading to unplanned readmissions have been performed, an in depth-study analyzing the human (healthcare worker)-, organizational-, technical-, disease- and patient-related causes leading to readmission is still missing.