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What Works in Readmissions Reduction: How Hospitals Have Improved Performance

Presented by: Improvement Science Research Network

co-sponsored by: RHP 6 Readmission Collaborative  


This research methods web seminar is made available to ISRN associates through collaboration with the

San Antonio Region Readmissions Learning Collaborative


The third webinar in the Wrestling Readmissions series will be held on November 18, 2015, as Amanda Brewster, PhD, offers insights into how hospitals across the U.S. are actively seeking to reduce readmissions but the evidence on how best to accomplish this goal is mixed. Dr. Brewster will discuss a prospective, survey-based study of nearly 500 hospitals as well as an in-depth comparison of hospitals where readmissions rates increased or decreased. While little evidence was found that specific clinical strategies led to improvements across hospitals, investing in several changes – tailored to local circumstances – seemed to be key to success. This discovery indicates that high performing hospitals shifted their organizational contexts in ways that supported readmissions reduction. 

Guest Presenter:

 Amanda Brewster, PhD,  Research & Education Associate, Yale Global Health Leadership Institute



Dr. Brewster is a Research and Education Associate at the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI). Her research focuses on quality improvement within healthcare organizations and collaboration between healthcare and other social services. Prior to joining GHLI she was an Associate Director at the Harvard Global Health Institute and she has also worked on biomedical science and health policy in the U.S. and U.K. She received her B.S. from Yale University, M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and Ph.D. from Boston University.



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