Considering the daily challenges homeless individuals face, their high readmission rate should be unsurprising. Properly managing one's health is difficult for those worried about where they will sleep or find their next meal.
After physicians treat them in the emergency department (ED), millions of patients each year head home to recover, but not all of them do so successfully. Many wind up needing to head right back to the hospital because something goes wrong and the discharge fails. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently partnered with the Johns Hopkins University Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality to study this issue.