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Hospital readmission prevention: a literature critique

Jeronimo Talavera, Maria (2017) Hospital readmission prevention: a literature critique. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Abstract

The main purpose of this paper is to critically review the literature on interventions within the United States and globally, that aim to reduce hospital readmission. Special focus will be placed among interventions that aim to reduce hospital readmission among Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. With healthcare costs continually rising and hospital reimbursement dependent on patient satisfaction and length of stay, hospital readmissions have become a manner of measuring quality of patient care. Not only are hospital readmissions a measure of quality of care, they also impact the patient’s well-being as a whole. This topic has public health significance due to health disparities for those at higher risk for readmissions; it provides an area for future public health policies and interventions that will aim to decrease disparities in healthcare. This paper will review the policy background to the problem followed by the most common readmissions within American healthcare, a focus will be placed on factors that may impact readmissions including length of stay for most common readmissions. After, it will take a look at the impact of comorbidities on hospital readmissions before going into the literature critique of interventions, the critique will be followed by a discussion of the findings and the theoretical background to the interventions. Finally, the paper will aim to recommend an intervention that incorporates what current interventions are doing positively and fix those that are lacking.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Jeronimo Talavera, Mariamjj35@pitt.eduMJJ35
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairElias, Thistle I.elias@pitt.edueliasUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberBooth, Jamiejmbooth@pitt.edujmboothUNSPECIFIED
Date: 28 April 2017
Date Type: Submission
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2017 15:28
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2021 12:01
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/31988

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