Race can affect readmissions

Study finds that blacks are readmitted more often than white peers.
Study finds that blacks are readmitted more often than white peers.

Older black adults were more likely to be readmitted to a hospital after an elective hip or knee replacement and are more adversely affected by insufficient hospital nurse staffing, a new study has found.

Older black adults have a 30% increased likelihood of readmission compared with their white counterparts, according to the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Investigators found that each additional patient in a nurse's workload was associated with an 8% readmission odds increase among whites but a 15% increase in odds among older black patients.