Hospital readmissions among the elderly

J Am Geriatr Soc. 1985 Sep;33(9):595-601. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.1985.tb06315.x.


This paper investigates the six-month hospital readmission rates among 444 patients 65 years of age or older admitted to a large metropolitan teaching hospital who had a primary discharge diagnosis of cerebrovascular disease, hip fracture, or congestive heart failure. Twenty-four percent were readmitted to the same institution one or more times during the six-month follow-up. Striking variability was observed in use of hospitals across these diagnostic groups. Patients with a primary diagnosis of congestive heart failure were at highest risk of hospital readmission (36%). Multiple readmissions among the congestive heart failure group were prevalent. These preliminary data suggest that hospital readmission among the aged is a complex multifaceted phenomena.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders*
  • Female
  • Heart Failure*
  • Hip Fractures*
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay
  • Male
  • Massachusetts
  • Patient Discharge
  • Patient Readmission*
  • Risk
  • Sex Factors
  • Time Factors