Optimally timed follow-up cuts readmissions after cystectomy

Optimally timed follow-up cuts readmissions after cystectomy

(HealthDay)—Detection of concerning symptoms after radical cystectomy can be improved by optimizing the timing and number of outpatient encounters, according to a study published in the May issue of The Journal of Urology.

Naveen Krishnan, M.D., from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, and colleagues used a delay-time analysis approach to maximize the probability of detecting patients susceptible to readmission through office visits and telephone calls. The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project State Inpatient Databases (2009 and 2010) and an institutional bladder cancer database (from 2007 to 2011) identified patients readmitted after radical cystectomy.

The researchers found that timing of office visits and telephone calls is more important in detecting a patient at risk for readmission than the sequence of these encounters. Concerning symptoms are most likely exhibited between four and five days after discharge home. Up to 16 percent of potential readmissions can be detected with optimally scheduled office visits. Up to 36 percent could be detected with one office visit followed by four calls.

"By understanding how to design better outpatient follow-up care for treated with radical cystectomy we can help reduce the burden for this population," the authors write.


Explore further

Transitional care interventions cut risk of readmission in CHF

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)
Journal information: Journal of Urology

Copyright © 2016 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Citation: Optimally timed follow-up cuts readmissions after cystectomy (2016, April 27) retrieved 12 November 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-04-optimally-follow-up-readmissions-cystectomy.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
1 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments