Hospital readmission of patients with diabetes

Curr Diab Rep. 2015 Apr;15(4):17. doi: 10.1007/s11892-015-0584-7.


Hospital readmission is a high-priority health care quality measure and target for cost reduction. Despite broad interest in readmission, relatively little research has focused on patients with diabetes. The burden of diabetes among hospitalized patients, however, is substantial, growing, and costly, and readmissions contribute a significant portion of this burden. Reducing readmission rates of diabetic patients has the potential to greatly reduce health care costs while simultaneously improving care. Risk factors for readmission in this population include lower socioeconomic status, racial/ethnic minority, comorbidity burden, public insurance, emergent or urgent admission, and a history of recent prior hospitalization. Hospitalized patients with diabetes may be at higher risk of readmission than those without diabetes. Potential ways to reduce readmission risk are inpatient education, specialty care, better discharge instructions, coordination of care, and post-discharge support. More studies are needed to test the effect of these interventions on the readmission rates of patients with diabetes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diabetes Mellitus / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Patient Readmission / statistics & numerical data*
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk Reduction Behavior
  • United States / epidemiology