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Gallup Study Finds Patient Wellbeing Closely Linked to 30-Day Readmission Rates

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There is a close link between the wellbeing of U.S. hospital patients and 30-day readmission rates, a Gallup study has found. Overnight hospital patients with high wellbeing are less than half as likely as those with low wellbeing to report having been readmitted for the same major health condition within the next 30 days. With this in mind, healthcare organizations can take practical steps to reduce readmissions.

The wellbeing-readmission relationship holds after taking into account the effects of age, gender, race/ethnicity, household income, education, marital status, existing chronic conditions, and health insurance status.  These results are based on 2,995 U.S. adults surveyed by web as part of the Gallup Panel, a probability-based panel of about 115,000 adults across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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