Reduction of 30-Day Preventable Pediatric Readmission Rates With Postdischarge Phone Calls Utilizing a Patient- and Family-Centered Care Approach

Sharyn Renee Flippo, Elizabeth G. NeSmith, Nancy Stark, Thomas Vayalinkara Joshua, Michelle Hoehn

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Introduction: The purpose of this project was to evaluate the effectiveness of postdischarge phone calls on 30-day preventable readmission rates within the pediatric hospital setting. Because the unit of care identified was patients and their families, a patient- and family-centered care approach was used. Method: The project used an exploratory design and was conducted at a 154-bed pediatric hospital facility. A sample of 15 patients meeting project inclusion criteria was selected before and after the intervention, and medical records were reviewed to identify if a 30-day preventable readmission had occurred. Results: Medical record review revealed four preintervention readmissions, providing an overall preintervention readmission rate of 26%. Only one readmission was discovered after the intervention, yielding an overall postintervention readmission rate of 6%. Discussion: The sample size was not large enough to show statistical significance, but clinical significance was seen, with readmission rates for the project target population decreasing below the rates recorded in 2012.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)492-500
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Pediatric Health Care
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2015



  • Preventable pediatric readmission rate reduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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