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dc.contributor.authorListon, Paul
dc.contributor.authorConyngham, G.
dc.contributor.authorByrne, P.J.
dc.contributor.authorWinder-Baggot, S.
dc.contributor.authorGilligan, P.
dc.identifier.citationListon, P., Conyngham, G., Byrne, P.J., Brady, M., Winder-Baggot, S., Gilligan, P. (2014). The Boomerang study: increased hospital re-admission via the emergency department. 114(1). p.239.en_US
dc.description.abstractAims This research was performed to assess if a reduced length of hospital stay was associated with in-creased re-attendances to, and re-admissions from, the Emergency Department (ED). Methods Inpatient discharge and ED attendance records over a ten-year period were sampled and collated. Independent sample t-tests and regression were used to assess changes. Results The analyses found a statistically significant decrease in inpatient hospital length of stay (7.34 to 6.69 days) and a significant increase in ED re-attendance for recently discharged inpatients from 8.88% (539/6065) to 10.98% (687/6255). However, the overall percentage of inpatients returning to a hos-pital bed within 30 days of discharge did not change significantly from 12.30% (746/6065) to 12.65% (791/6255). Conclusion Results confirm that an increasing percentage of recently discharged inpatients are attending the ED. This finding does not support the hypothesis that increased ED re-attendance of recently discharged inpatients is due to reduced hospital stay because the overall re-admission rate for recently discharged inpatients did not increase. Instead, further analysis revealed a significant change in the re-entry route as the increase in ED attendances is mirrored by a decrease in hospital re-admission via other routes (e.g. outpatient clinics). This change has increased the workload of an already overcrowded ED.en_US
dc.publisherIrish Medical Organisationen_US
dc.relation.ispartofIrish Medical Journalen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.subjectHospital re-admissionen_US
dc.subjectHospital admission - Emergency departmentsen_US
dc.titleThe Boomerang study: increased hospital re-admission via the emergency departmenten_US
dc.contributor.affiliationAthlone Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.subject.departmentFaculty of Business & Hospitality AITen_US

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