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New research published online in the Journal of Hospital Medicine this week finds that hospitals implementing Project BOOST experienced a reduction in 30-day readmissions. Now is the time for hospitalists to do something about it.
In a study of 11 hospitals that implemented one or more Project BOOST tools, hospitals reduced 30-day readmissions by an average of 13.6 percent.
Readmissions are measured by the percentage of hospitalized patients who return to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. The average rate of 30-day readmissions dropped from 14.7 percent before using Project BOOST to 12.7 percent one year afterward.
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Qualitative Analysis: Barriers and Facilitators to Implementing Project BOOST
Citation: Forth V, Budnitz T, Hansen LO, Greenwald J, Howell E, Halasyamani L, & Williams MV. Barriers and Facilitators to Implementing Project BOOST. Poster presented at: Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting; April 9, 2010; National Harbor, MD.
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Summary of Findings:
Commonly shared barriers and facilitators among the pilot hospitals included:
Commonly shared facilitating factors included:
Project BOOST is based in part on the findings of the earlier SHM care transitions pilot, "Safe Steps"
J Am Geriatr Soc. 2009 Sep;57(9):1540-6. Epub 2009 Aug 18.
A quality improvement intervention to facilitate the transition of older adults from three hospitals back to their homes.
Dedhia P, Kravet S, Bulger J, Hinson T, Sridharan A, Kolodner K, Wright S, Howell E.
PMID: 19694865 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]