Having diabetes and being Hispanic are two big risk factors for hospital readmission thirty days after being discharged.
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Why are patients re-admitted to the hospital shortly after being discharged? This study looked at the factors that predict hospital readmission within thirty days. Interestingly, the researchers discovered that race and ethnicity are big factors in determining if an adult patient needs to be readmitted to the hospital or not. Specifically, readmission rates were the highest among black and Hispanic adult patients, while white and Asian patients had the lowest risk for readmission.
Hispanic patients are more likely to be hospitalized specifically for diabetes-related causes. In fact, for Hispanic patients, the top reason for having to be readmitted is diabetes. The researchers agreed that this could be because of worse medical care for racial minorities with diabetes. In addition, Hispanic patients with diabetes are more likely to be female and generally younger than other races. This study also found that Hispanic patients with a yearly income less than $40,000 have higher hospital readmission rates compared to white patients with the same income.
Black and Hispanic individuals are at high risk for developing diabetes. The findings from this study show the importance of improving diabetes management and healthcare programs for these populations.
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