Study: Shorter hospitalizations not always best

A new study has drawn a conclusion that flies in the face of the core assumptions most planners make about healthcare. At least for some patients, shorter hospital stays aren't better, according to the study, which was published in this month's Archives of Internal Medicine. The researchers, who studied 15,531 Pennsylvania patients diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism, found that those who were discharged sooner were at greater risk of death. Specifically, patients discharged after four or fewer dies were much more likely to die than those remaining in the hospital for five or more days.

To learn more about the study:
- read this Philadelphia Inquirer item

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