A new study by Purdue University and Amedisys reports that home health intervention with management of medicines can reduce readmissions to hospitals by 8%.
Conducted between January 2012 and April 2012, the study showed that patients who received drug intervention in the home after being discharged from a hospital had a 4% readmission rate versus 12% for patients who did not. All patients who were surveyed took at least 12 medications.
The study found correlation between the risk of being readmitted to a hospital and the quantity of drugs a patient takes. The study makes note of the fact that over 1/3 of adults over the age of 65 who take 5 or more medications suffer from a dangerous drug event such as falling or injuring themselves.
The results are another example of how home health improves patient outcomes and can reduce rehospitalizations.