Letters Readmission rates

Readmission rates are a poor marker of quality

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1148 (Published 29 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1148
  1. Anthony Cohn, paediatrician1
  1. 1West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Watford General Hospital, Watford WD18 0HB, UK
  1. anthony.cohn{at}whht.nhs.uk

Using readmission as a marker of discharge failure shows unidimensional thought typical of many “measurements” of quality.1

Discharge from hospital should occur when the risks of being in the community (usually exaggerated) are less than …

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