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Readmissions for COPD: propensity case-matched comparison between pulmonary and non-pulmonary departments.
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PMID:  23347439     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
INTRODUCTION: Acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) is a common cause of hospitalization, and the readmission rate is high. We aimed to determine whether patients discharged from a pulmonary department (PD) after an AECOPD episode had a lower COPD-related readmission rate during the next 12 months than comparable patients discharged from other internal medicine departments (ODs). METHODS: The medical records of 566 patients discharged after an episode of AECOPD between March 2006 and December 2008 at Oslo University Hospital, Aker were reviewed retrospectively. Demographic and medical data, together with number of readmissions due to AECOPD during 12 months following the index admission were extracted. We matched patients discharged from the PD and the ODs using a propensity score and used the paired t-test to compare COPD-related readmission rates between the matched patients. RESULTS: In total 481 patients were included in the analysis, 247 patients discharged from the PD and 234 from ODs. The propensity score matching process resulted in 155 well-matched pairs. The mean (standard deviation) number of readmissions within one year was 0.8 (1.3) for the PD versus 1.1 (1.9) for ODs (p=0.09). After adjusting for exposure time, the corresponding readmission rates were 1.1 (2.3) and 1.6 (4.0) per year, respectively (p=0.17). CONCLUSION: There was little difference in COPD-related readmission rates between comparable patients discharged from the PD and the ODs after an AECOPD during one year following the index admission.
Ying Wang; Knut Stavem; Sjur Humerfelt; Fredrik A Dahl; Torbjørn Haugen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  The clinical respiratory journal     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1752-699X     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Respir J     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101315570     Medline TA:  Clin Respir J     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
HØKH, Research Centre, Akershus University Hospital, 1478, Lørenskog; Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Akershus University Hospital, 1478, Lørenskog.
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