Marianne E. Weiss, Linda L. Costa, Olga Yakusheva Ph.D., Kathleen L. Bobay
To validate patient and nurse short forms for discharge readiness assessment and their associations with 30‐day readmissions and emergency department () visits.
A total of 254 adult medical‐surgical patients and their discharging nurses from an Eastern US tertiary hospital between ay and ovember, 2011.
Prospective longitudinal design, multinomial logistic regression analysis.
Data Sources/Study Setting
Nurses and patients independently completed an eight‐item Readiness for Hospital Discharge Scale on the day of discharge. Patient characteristics, readmissions, and visits were electronically abstracted.
Nurse assessment of low discharge readiness was associated with a six‐ to nine‐fold increase in readmission risk. Patient self‐assessment was not associated with readmission; neither was associated with visits.
Nurse discharge readiness assessment should be added to existing strategies for identifying readmission risk.
Data Collection/Extraction Methods