Higher hospital readmission rates for cardiac patients in Northern vs. Southern Ontario: Importance

(Elsevier) Patients hospitalized with heart attacks, heart failure, atrial fibrillation or stroke in Northern Ontario, Canada, were more likely to be readmitted to the hospital and repeatedly hospitalized after discharge than those living in Southern Ontario. Yet, no geographical differences were found in 30-day survival. A new study recommends providing access to timely transitional care by clinicians who have the knowledge and expertise to treat patients recently discharged from hospital as one of several strategies necessary to reduce hospital readmission rates.
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Source: The American Journal of Medicine - Category: General Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: ESC Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Original Research Article Source Type: research
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Source: ESC Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Original Research Article Source Type: research
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Source: The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: J Cardiovasc Nurs Source Type: research
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Source: The American Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: The American Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Clinical Case Report Source Type: research
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Source: Mayo Clinic Proceedings - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Original article Source Type: research
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Source: International Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
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