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Unplanned hospital readmissions of older people with learning disabilities

Study looks at hospital readmissions among older people with learning disabilities compared with the general population

Study looks at hospital readmissions among older people with learning disabilities compared with the general population

Studies have examined hospital readmission rates as an indicator of premature discharge and poor quality of service, but this has been little explored in relation to readmissions of older adults with learning disabilities, especially relating to physical health conditions.

A number of known risk factors for failed discharges and hospital readmissions in the general population appear to disproportionately affect people with learning disabilities. These include particular health conditions, as well as polypharmacy and exposure to a range of known determinants of health inequalities.

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