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April 25, 2012

International Variation in Readmission After Myocardial Infarction

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Cardiology, Aahurs University Hospital, Skejby, Denmark (Christian.terkelsen@skejby.rm.dk).

JAMA. 2012;307(16):1690-1691. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.530

To the Editor: The study by Dr Kociol and colleagues,1 using data from a multinational, randomized controlled trial (RCT), found international variation in hospital readmission after STEMI. The authors found that the adjusted 30-day all-cause and nonelective readmission rates were particularly high in Denmark at 19% (Figure in article) and 14% (24 of 171 patients readmitted according to eTable 2 in article), respectively, 2- to 3-fold higher than other European countries.