Nurse-led intervention program didn't improve readmission rates or reduce ER visits

A nurse-led intervention program aimed to reduce readmissions among ethnically and linguistically diverse older patients didn't improve 30-day readmission rates, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers examined the success of a peri-discharge, nurse-led intervention for hospitalized adults aged 55 years or older who spoke English, Spanish or Chinese at an acute-care hospital in Northern California compared to the usual care provided. As part of the program, dedicated language-concordant registered nurses conducted one-on-one self-management education with a telephone follow-up following discharge from a nurse practitioner. The research team found no reduction in readmissions or ER visits as a result of the intervention. As a result, they suggest hospitals test alternative readmission prevention strategies for this population. Study abstract