Journal Article

Impact of a national campaign on hospital readmissions in home care patients

Charles Price Schade, Eve Esslinger, Donna Anderson, Yinghua Sun and Bethany Knowles

in International Journal for Quality in Health Care

Published on behalf of International Society for Quality in Health Care

Volume 21, issue 3, pages 176-182
Published in print June 2009 | ISSN: 1353-4505
Published online March 2009 | e-ISSN: 1464-3677 | DOI:
Impact of a national campaign on hospital readmissions in home care patients

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Assess impact of nationwide home health quality improvement campaign to reduce acute care hospitalization of home health recipients.


Observational pre–post comparison of self-selected participating and non-participating agencies' quality performance; survey to determine uptake of program materials.


US home health care agencies.


A total of 147 agencies with 147 non-participating agencies matched on patient length of service, pre-intervention hospitalization rate and pre-intervention rate of change in hospitalization rate.



Keywords: home care services; patient readmission; program evaluation

Journal Article.  3867 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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