How specialist aftercare impacts long-term readmission risks in elderly patients with metabolic, cardiac, and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (...)
The health state of elderly patients is typically characterized by multiple co-occurring diseases requiring the involvement of several types of health care providers.
We aimed to quantify the benefit for multimorbid patients from seeking specialist care in terms of long-term readmission risks.
From an administrative database, we identified 225,238 elderly patients with 97 different diagnosis (ICD-10 codes) from hospital stays and contact with 13 medical specialties. For each diagnosis associated with the first hospital stay, we used multiple logistic regression analysis to quantify the sex-specific and age-adjusted long-term all-cause readmission risk (hospitalizations occurring between 3 months and 3 years after the first admission) and how specialist contact impacts these risks.
Men have a higher readmission risk than women (mean difference over all first diagnoses 1.9%, P<.001), but similar reduction in readmission risk after receiving specialist care. Specialist care can reduce readmission risk by almost 50%. We found the greatest reductions in risk when the first hospital stay was associated with diagnoses corresponding to complex chronic diseases such as acute myocardial infarction (57.6% reduction in readmission risk, SE 7.6% for men [m]; 55.9% reduction, SE 9.8% for women [w]), diabetic and other retinopathies (m: 62.3%, SE 8.0; w: 60.1%, SE 8.4%), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (m: 63.9%, SE 7.8%; w: 58.1%, SE 7.5%), disorders of lipoprotein metabolism (m: 64.7%, SE 3.7%; w: 63.8%, SE 4.0%), and chronic ischemic heart diseases (m: 63.6%, SE 3.1%; w: 65.4%, SE 3.0%).
Specialist care can greatly reduce long-term readmission risk for patients with chronic and multimorbid diseases. Further research is needed to identify the specific reasons for these findings and to understand the detected sex-specific differences.
M. Kaleta, T. Niederkrotenthaler, A. Kautzky-Willer, P. Klimek, How specialist aftercare impacts long-term readmission risks in elderly patients with metabolic, cardiac, and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases: Cohort study using administrative data, JMIR Med Inform 8 (9) (2020) e18147
This publication was supported by the following project(s):
- FFG, Project No. FFG 857136