New AHRQ Study Examines Rehospitalizations for Childhood Asthma
A new study in the November 14 issue of the Journal of Pediatrics found that about one in six children hospitalized with asthma was rehospitalized for the same condition within a year. This retrospective cohort analysis involved more than 44,000 hospitalizations at 42 children’s hospitals from 2008 to 2011. According to the study and abstract, titled “Rehospitalization for Childhood Asthma: Timing, Variation, and Opportunities for Intervention,” significant variation in asthma rehospitalizations was found at the 7-, 15-, 30-, 60-, 180-, and 365-day marks of an index admission, based on patient, physician, and facility characteristics. Researchers said racial/ethnic and economic disparities were evident at the 60-day mark. Children with higher odds of being readmitted at each time interval were between the ages of 12 and 18, diagnosed with a complex chronic condition, those who had an initial hospital stay longer than 1 day, those who had a prior-year asthma admission, or those who had public insurance.