Brown CM, Williams DJ, Hall M, Freundlich KL, Johnson DP, Lind C, Rehm K, Frost PA, Doupnik SK, Ibrahim D, Patrick S, Howard LM, Gay JC. Trends in Length of Stay and Readmissions in Children's Hospitals. Hospital pediatrics. 2021 May 4. PMID: 33947746 [PubMed]
Patient complexity at US children's hospitals is increasing. Hospitals experience concurrent pressure to reduce length of stay (LOS) and readmissions, yet little is known about how these common measures of resource use and quality have changed over time. Our aim was to examine temporal trends in medical complexity, hospital LOS, and readmissions across a sample of US children's hospitals.