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Income inequality strongly linked to hospital readmission
Income inequality strongly linked to hospital readmission

(February 15, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Massachusetts - Income inequality is strongly associated with risk of hospital readmission, according to a report published in the BMJ. Researchers analyzed three years of Medicare data on all individuals aged 65 and older who had been hospitalized with heart attack, pneumonia, or heart failure. As well, researchers reviewed income inequality data from the US Census Bureau. Results of their analysis revealed that income inequality had no effect on 30-day mortality. However, those exposed to higher levels in inequality were significantly more likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.

 
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