The authors describe a quality improvement initiative aimed at decreasing unplanned 7- and 30-day readmission rates in an urban, pediatric, tertiary care hospital. A stepwise approach was used to disseminate the pilot initiative across 16 inpatient units. Use of a teach-back methodology combined with a discharge bundle resulted in an 8% reduction in 7-day readmission and 10% reduction in 30-day readmission over 16 months.
Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
Correspondence: Bolanle Bukoye, MSPH, CPHQ, Boston Children's Hospital, Surgical Services, 300 Longwood Ave, 10th floor, Boston, MA 02115 (Bola.email@example.com),
The authors sincerely thank Vincent Chiang, MD, and Gail Hockman, BA, for their contributions and implementation of this initiative.
The authors declare no competing financial interests.
Accepted for publication: December 18, 2015
Published ahead of print: February 3, 2016