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Evid Based Nurs 7:115 doi:10.1136/ebn.7.4.115
  • Treatment

Review: comprehensive discharge planning plus post-discharge support reduces total readmissions in older patients with congestive heart failure

Comprehensive discharge planning plus post-discharge support (intervention) v usual care for older patients with CHF*

Outcomes at a mean of 8 months Pooled event rates RRR (95% CI) NNT (CI)
Intervention Usual care
*CHF  =  congestive heart failure, CVD  =  cardiovascular disease; other abbreviations defined in glossary. RRR, NNT, and CI calculated from data in article.
Readmission 35% 43% 19% (12 to 26) 12 (9 to 20)
CHF or CVD specific readmission 23% 33% 32% (18 to 44) 10 (7 to 19)
Death or readmission 44% 60% 27% (18 to 35) 7 (5 to 10)
All cause mortality 14% 17% 14% (−2 to 28) Not significant

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