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Letters
June 16, 2004

Interventions to Prevent Readmission for Congestive Heart Failure

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(23):2816. doi:10.1001/jama.291.23.2816-a

To the Editor: In their meta-analysis of management of discharge planning for older patients with congestive heart failure, Drs Phillips and colleagues1 concluded that these programs were associated with an approximately 25% relative reduction in the risk of readmission. We are concerned about the way that the authors categorize the interventions. As primary investigators of 8 of the 18 trials the authors included in their meta-analysis, we believe that these categories obscure true differences among programs.

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