Outcomes Research in Review

Differences in 30-Day Readmission Rates in Older Adults With Dementia

Park DY, Hu JR, Alexander KP, Nanna MG. Readmission and adverse outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2023;71(4):1034-1046. doi:10.1111/jgs.18120

Gilmore-Bykovskyi A, Zuelsdorff M, Block L, et al. Disparities in 30-day readmission rates among Medicare enrollees with dementia. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2023 Mar 10. doi:10.1111/jgs.18311



Study 1 Overview (Park et al)

Objective: To compare rates of adverse events and 30-day readmission among patients with dementia who undergo percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with those without dementia.

Design: This cohort study used a national database of hospital readmissions developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Setting and participants: Data from State Inpatient Databases were used to derive this national readmissions database representing 80% of hospitals from 28 states that contribute data. The study included all individuals aged 18 years and older who were identified to have had a PCI procedure in the years 2017 and 2018. International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes were used to identify PCI procedures, including drug-eluting stent placement, bare-metal stent placement, and balloon angioplasty, performed in patients who presented with myocardial infarction and unstable angina and those with stable ischemic heart disease. Patients were stratified into those with or without dementia, also defined using ICD-10 codes. A total of 755,406 index hospitalizations were included; 2.3% of the patients had dementia.

Main outcome measures: The primary study outcome was 30-day all-cause readmission, with the cause classified as cardiovascular or noncardiovascular. Secondary outcome measures examined were delirium, in-hospital mortality, cardiac arrest, blood transfusion, acute kidney injury, fall in hospital, length of hospital stay, and other adverse outcomes. Location at discharge was also examined. Other covariates included in the analysis were age, sex, comorbidities, hospital characteristics, primary payer, and median income. For analysis, a propensity score matching algorithm was applied to match patients with and without dementia. Kaplan-Meier curves were used to examine 30-day readmission rates, and a Cox proportional hazards model was used to calculate hazard ratios (HR) for those with and without dementia. For secondary outcomes, logistic regression models were used to calculate odds ratios (OR) of outcomes between those with and without dementia.

Main results: The average age of those with dementia was 78.8 years vs 64.9 years in those without dementia. Women made up 42.8% of those with dementia and 31.3% of those without dementia. Those with dementia also had higher rates of comorbidities, such as heart failure, renal failure, and depression. After propensity score matching, 17,309 and 17,187 patients with and without dementia, respectively, were included. Covariates were balanced between the 2 groups after matching. For the primary outcome, patients with dementia were more likely to be readmitted at 30 days (HR, 1.11; 95% CI, 1.05-1.18; P < .01) when compared to those without dementia. For other adverse outcomes, delirium was significantly more likely to occur for those with dementia (OR, 4.37; 95% CI, 3.69-5.16; P < .01). Patients with dementia were also more likely to die in hospital (OR, 1.15; 95% CI, 1.01-1.30; P = .03), have cardiac arrest (OR, 1.19; 95% CI, 1.01-1.39; P = .04), receive a blood transfusion (OR, 1.17; 95% CI, 1.00-1.36; P = .05), experience acute kidney injury (OR, 1.30; 95% CI, 1.21-1.39; P < .01), and fall in hospital (OR, 2.51; 95% CI, 2.06-3.07; P < .01). Hospital length of stay was higher for those with dementia, with a mean difference of 1.43 days. For discharge location, patients with dementia were more likely to be sent to a skilled nursing facility (30.1% vs 12.2%) and less likely to be discharged home.

Conclusion: Patients with dementia are more likely to experience adverse events, including delirium, mortality, kidney injury, and falls after PCI, and are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital in 30 days compared to those without dementia.


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