Self-reflection as a tool to increase hospitalist participation in readmission quality improvement

Vipulkumar Rana, Bipin Thapa, Sumanta Chaudhuri Saini, Pooja Nagpal, Ankur Segon, Kathlyn Fletcher, Geoffrey Lamb

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Background: Reducing 30-day readmissions is a national priority. Although multipronged programs have been shown to reduce readmissions, the role of the individual hospitalist physician in reducing readmissions is not clear. Objectives: We evaluated the effect of physicians' self-review of their own readmission cases on the 30-day readmission rate. Methods: Over a 1-year period, hospitalists were sent their individual readmission rates and cases on a weekly basis. They reviewed their cases and completed a data abstraction tool. In addition, a facilitator led small group discussion about common causes of readmission and ways to prevent such readmissions. Results: Our preintervention readmission rate was 16.16% and postintervention was 14.99% (P = .76). Among hospitalists on duty, nearly all participated in scheduled facilitated discussions. Self-review was completed in 67% of the cases. Conclusions: A facilitated reflective practice intervention increased hospitalist participation and awareness in the mission to reduce readmissions and this intervention resulted in a nonsignificant trend in readmission reduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-224
Number of pages6
JournalQuality Management in Health Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Hospitalists
  • Quality Improvement
  • Readmissions
  • Self-Review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Care Planning


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