Project BOOST: Effectiveness of a multihospital effort to reduce rehospitalization

Luke O. Hansen, Jeffrey L. Greenwald, Tina Budnitz, Eric Howell, Lakshmi Halasyamani, Greg Maynard, Arpana Vidyarthi, Eric A. Coleman, Mark V. Williams

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BACKGROUND: Rehospitalization is a prominent target for healthcare quality improvement and performance-based reimbursement. The generalizability of existing evidence on best practices is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of Project BOOST (Better Outcomes for Older adults through Safe Transitions) on rehospitalization rates and length of stay. DESIGN: Semicontrolled pre-post study. SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: Volunteer sample of 11 hospitals varying in geography, size, and academic affiliation. INTERVENTION: Hospitals implemented Project BOOST-recommended tools supported by an external quality improvement physician mentor. METHODS: Pre-post changes in readmission rates and length of stay within BOOST units, and between BOOST units and site-designated control units. RESULTS: The average rate of 30-day rehospitalization in BOOST units was 14.7% prior to implementation and 12.7% 12 months later (P=0.010), reflecting an absolute reduction of 2% and a relative reduction of 13.6%. Rehospitalization rates for matched control units were 14.0% in the preintervention period and 14.1% in the postintervention period (P=0.831). The mean absolute reduction in readmission rates in BOOST units compared to control units was 2.0% (P=0.054 for signed rank test comparing differences in readmission rate reduction in BOOST units compared to site-matched control units). CONCLUSIONS: Participation in Project BOOST appeared to be associated with a decrease in readmission rates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-427
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Hospital Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fundamentals and skills
  • Care Planning
  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Health Policy
  • Leadership and Management
  • Internal Medicine


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