A research team from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor has found a link between those with diabetes and those patients with higher hospital readmission rates. The researchers analyzed two different sets of patient data to reach this conclusion.
Both sets of data looked at patients who had been admitted to the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS). The first set of data contained 7,763 records of those who received an admission diagnosis of diabetes. The second contained 37,702 records of patients who received a discharge diagnosis of diabetes. When comparing readmission rates to those of patients without diabetes, the first data set showed that 26% of diabetics were readmitted, while only 22% of those without the disease were. The study did look at diabetic services and readmission rates, and while the early indication is that those who do make use of diabetic services have fewer ER visits, this area does require additional research
These findings were published in Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology on March 22, 2017.