Oncologic Hospital Readmissions

Cancer patients are at a higher risk of hospital readmissions than the general population. A recent study conducted by a team at the Boston University School of Medicine (Boston, MA) identified avoidable oncologic readmissions and their causes. The researchers conducted a retrospective chart review over a six-month period, during which 203 patients were discharged. While 68.7% of readmissions could not have been avoided, the authors found that 31.3% were potentially avoidable. Most of those potentially avoidable readmissions were due to ascitic or pleural fluid reaccumulation. Based on those findings, the researchers offer solutions such as performing supervised procedures in the outpatient setting. Addressing the issues could decrease readmissions in an oncology service. The study was published in JCO oncology practice.