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Study: “Memory Problems, Emotional Stress Result in Heart Patient Readmissions”

A recent study from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit found that clients having a history of depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, or other impairments in their ability to think, remember and reason, may be good predictors for readmissions in clients with heart disease. This reflects the importance of addressing the psychosocial aspects of a client’s situation when working to prevent hospital readmissions, even with clients with “severe heart disease”.

“Even severe heart disease, except in the extreme, appears to be manageable after release from the hospital unless it’s complicated by one or more of the behavioral factors.”

But perhaps most important in these findings is the relationship between emotional stress and/or cognitive impairment and early readmission to the hospital. “Both suggest a possible way to predict readmission and avoid it,” lead author Mark Ketterer, PhD, says.

Educating patients about their mental illness, as well as involving live-in family members in helping with the patient’s medications, and keeping medical appointments may also help reduce hospital readmissions, the study concluded.

Details on the study may be found at http://www.psychosomaticsjournal.com/article/S0033-3182(10)70700-3/abstract.

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