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Invited Commentary
April 2014

Surgical ReadmissionsA Method to the Madness

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Surg. 2014;149(4):354-355. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2013.4079

In this issue, Morris and colleagues1 describe the effect of the timing of surgical complications on hospital readmission and clearly demonstrate that most postdischarge complications require inpatient care. This is timely because we are all struggling to better understand how to reduce surgical readmissions. Clearly, efforts to prevent surgical readmissions must be focused on a variety of interventions along the continuum of care, starting as early as when the patient is considering surgery as well as including widely popularized postdischarge care coordination interventions.2

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