Journal article

Examining the association of social risk with heart failure readmission in the Veterans Health Administration

Charlie M Wray, Marzieh Vali, Louise C Walter, Lee Christensen, Wendy Chapman, Peter C Austin, Amy L Byers, Salomeh Keyhani



BACKGROUND: Previous research has found that social risk factors are associated with an increased risk of 30-day readmission. We aimed to assess the association of 5 social risk factors (living alone, lack of social support, marginal housing, substance abuse, and low income) with 30-day Heart Failure (HF) hospital readmissions within the Veterans Health Affairs (VA) and the impact of their inclusion on hospital readmission model performance. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study using chart review and VA and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrative data from a random sample of 1,500 elderly (≥ 65 years) Veterans hospitalized for HF in 2012. Using logistic ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by NHLBI R01 RO1 HL116522-01A1. Support for VA/CMS data is provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Office of Research and Development, Health Services Research and Development, VA Information Resource Center (Project Numbers SDR 02-237 and 98 - 004). The funders had no role in this study.