How patients are prepared for their at-home recovery can have a big impact on readmission rates, notes a story in The Washington Post, citing a study conducted by the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, which is based at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clincial Practice. The study showed that some parts of the U.S. do better than others at keeping patients home after they are discharged from hospitals.
“Patients leave the hospital not necessarily when they’re well but when they’re on the road to recovery,” says David Goodman, who led the Dartmouth Atlas study. Goodman is a professor of pediatrics and community and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine and the director of the Dartmouth Center for Health Policy Research.
Read the full story, published 2/11/13 in The Washington Post via the Associated Press.