Journal of
Public Health and Epidemiology

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Health Epidemiol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2316
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPHE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 653

Full Length Research Paper

Risk for Unplanned Early Hospital Re-admission for Patients with Respiratory Tract Diseases: A Retrospective Study

Tzu-Chun Chen1 and Su-Hsien Chang2*
1Department of Health, Tainan Hospital, No.125 Zhongshan Rd., Tainan City 70043, Taiwan, Republic of China. 2Department of Elder care, Tainan Institute of Nursing, No. 78, Sec 2, Minzu Rd., Tainan City 700, Taiwan, Republic of China.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 21 October 2011
  •  Published: 30 November 2011


The purpose of this study was to identify unplanned hospital re-admission risk factors in patients with respiratory tract diseases in Taiwan. This was a retrospective study. Study subjects were patients with primary diagnosis of respiratory tract diseases, which were defined by using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes. Eight hundred and seventy-six respiratory tract diseases patients were discharged from the hospital, and 14.78% (n = 64) of them were re-admitted within 14 days after discharge. Results found that unplanned hospital re-admission among respiratory tract diseases patients were statistical correlated with subjects’ ways of discharge from hospital, clinical re-visit compliance, receiving services from discharge plan team workers, intubation number, and previous hospital length of stay. The significant predictor was early re-hospitalization after discharge. However, results provide important information for measure intervention outcomes to prevent unplanned hospital re-admission among respiratory tract diseases. 


Key words: Unplanned hospital re-admission, respiratory tract diseases, risk factors.