Home Health & Hospice

Transitional care interventions help reduce hospital readmission rates, new study shows

Homecare Insider, September 15, 2014

Transitional care interventions, which aim to improve care transitions for patients moving from the hospital to the home, help reduce hospital readmissions rates in the intermediate-term (31-180 days) and long-term (181-365 days) intervals after the discharge of a patient with chronic conditions, according to a study in the latest issue of Health Affairs.
 
The report, entitled “Transitional Care Interventions Prevent Hospital Readmissions For Adults With Chronic Illnesses,” also found that only high-intensity interventions seemed to be effective in reducing short-term readmissions (occurring 30 days or less after discharge). To ramp up the effectiveness of reducing these short-term readmissions, the report findings suggest that transitional care strategies should comprise high-intensity interventions that include care coordination by a nurse, communication between the primary care provider and the hospital, and a home visit within three days after discharge, according to the abstract.
 
Findings are based on the authors’ systematic review of 26 randomized controlled trials conducted in a number of countries whose results were published between January 1, 1980 and May 29, 2013.
 
Click here to read the abstract of the report.