Association between unplanned readmission to a different hospital and all-cause mortality among older patients with ischemic heart disease: A nationwide claim study

Published: 19 January 2018
Author(s): Yeong Jun Ju, Hoo-Yeon Lee, Sang Ah Lee, Jaeyong Shin, Eun-Cheol Park
Issue: January 2018
Section: Letter to the Editor

Up to one-third of patients are readmitted to a different hospital although it is unclear whether the readmission site affects subsequent outcomes. For example, although most patients are readmitted to the original hospital, a substantial proportion of patients are readmitted to a different hospital (16.7–29.3%) [1–3]. Readmission to different hospitals can contribute to care fragmentation, which is concerning because the original hospital is more likely to understand the patient's needs and develop a care plan.