School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
hospital readmissions, adults, community, partnerships, preventing
Smalley, Marlene Susan, "Reducing Hospital Readmissions - Beyond The Four Walls: An Integrative Review" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3206.
Thirty-day hospital readmissions have been a matter of national concern for several years and efforts to reduce readmission rates are of high priority for all health systems. Innovative solutions must be considered for this costly problem. This integrative review seeks to synthesize information about risk stratification, causes of readmissions, and interventions to reduce readmissions, and to define community partnerships that support the reduction of 30-day readmission rates. The integrative review will inform stakeholders about “beyond the four walls” strategies to reduce readmissions. Building upon nursing science, informing research, and facilitating policy initiatives, this review will serve as a call to action for healthcare systems.