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Effects of In-Hospital Rehabilitation on Preventing Hospital Readmissions in Patients With Cirrhosis: A Retrospective Cohort Study

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      • This study aimed to investigate the effect of rehabilitation on hospital readmissions in cirrhotic patients.
      • The present study demonstrated that rehabilitation is associated with lower proportions of 30- and 90-day readmissions in patients with cirrhosis.
      • Rehabilitation may be one way to reduce the risk of readmission in patients hospitalized for cirrhosis.



      To investigate the effect of rehabilitation on hospital readmissions in patients with cirrhosis.


      A retrospective cohort study.


      Acute hospitals.


      Patients hospitalized due to cirrhosis (N=6485).


      We defined rehabilitation as any type and intensity of rehabilitation administered by physical, occupational, or speech therapists.

      Main Outcome Measures

      Readmission within 30 days after discharge.


      Rehabilitation was provided to 1177 patients (19.0%). After propensity score matching, rehabilitation was associated with 30- and 90-day readmissions.


      The present study demonstrated that rehabilitation is associated with lower proportions of 30- and 90-day readmissions in patients with cirrhosis. Therefore, rehabilitation may be one way to reduce the risk of readmission in patients hospitalized for cirrhosis.


      List of abbreviations:

      DPC (Diagnosis Procedure Combination), HR (hazard ratio), JMDC (Japan Medical Data Center), LOS (length of stay), MI (multiple imputation), RR (risk ratio)
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