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Leaving hospital against medical advice raises risk of readmission, death
Leaving hospital against medical advice raises risk of readmission, death (August 26, 2013 - Insidermedicine) From Manitoba - According to research published in CMAJ, patients who leave the hospital against doctor's advice are at raised risk of readmission and death. Researchers reviewed nearly 2 million adult hospital admissions and discharges over the past 20 years. Of these, there were just over 20,000 patients who left the hospital against medical advice. Results showed that these patients had 3x the readmission rates within the following month--25% of whom returned within 1 day. Those who left the hospital against medical advice were also at 2.5x increased risk of death within 90 days.
 
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