March 10th, 2013

The Real Question About Reducing Hospital Readmissions: Blogging from ACC.13

Several Cardiology Fellows who are attending ACC.13 in San Francisco this week are blogging for CardioExchange. The Fellows include Tariq AhmadMegan CoylewrightJeremiah DeptaKumar Dharmarajan Payal Kohli, and  Sandeep Mangalmurti. View the previous post here and the next one here.

Interesting series of questions from the session “Readmission: All You Need to Know about Successful Transitions of Care”

To reduce rehospitalization, should we be putting patients through a simulation lab prior to discharge? What “stations” should we include? And what would we do with the data? For example, what would be the appropriate intervention for a patient that was unable to use the telephone to make a follow up visit? What if we saw that the patient was unable to open a pill box?

The real question: How do we best align our inpatient assessments with patients’ real stresses and challenges after hospital discharge?

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