New York City Health Atlas

Hospital Readmissions

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Description

Number of patients discharged from a hospital who are readmitted to the same or a higher level of care within 30 days.


Calculation

Number of patients who are readmitted within 30 days per 1,000 patients discharged.


Source

Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System (SPARCS) Inpatient Data, 2011-2013.


Years of Data

2011-2013


Additional Resources

City Wide Average

14.3

Averages

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14.3 City-Wide

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Readmission Rate Hospital Discharges
All 14.3 24,793,148

Sex

Female 10.0 12,992,763
Male 13.4 11,800,384

Race/Ethnicity

Asian/Pacific Islander 3.7 3,205,606
Black 16.5 5,635,770
Hispanic 8.4 7,117,028
White 8.6 8,198,740

Age

0-14 years 3.1 4,432,550
15-24 years 4.7 3,451,377
25-34 years 7.3 4,281,903
35-44 years 10.3 3,482,038
45-54 years 17.6 3,329,632
55-64 years 21.7 2,751,495
65-74 years 33.4 1,656,906
75+ years 58.4 1,407,246
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Correlation Is Not Causation

In statistics, correlation is a measure of association between two numeric variables. The strength of correlation between two variables is represented by the correlation coefficient, represented by the abbreviation r. Correlation coefficients range between -1 to 1.

Though the correlation coefficient indicates the strength of an association, it does not provide information about whether the change in one variable is caused by the other.

For example, if the correlation between adult smoking prevalence and child poverty is 0.7—a strong correlation—we cannot say either that adult smoking causes child poverty or, inversely, that child poverty causes smoking. We only know that as one of these variables increases, the other tends to increases.