Postoperative pain trajectories can identify patients at risk for 30-day readmissions and emergency department (ED) visits, and are not mediated by postdischarge complications, this study finds.
In this analysis of 211,231 surgical procedures (45.4% orthopedic, 37.0% general, and 17.6% vascular), the 30-day unplanned readmission rate was 10.8%, and the 30-day ED utilization rate was 14.2%.
Patients in the high-pain trajectories had the highest rates of readmissions and ED visits (14.4% and 16.3%, respectively).
Multivariate analysis found a dose-dependent increase in postdischarge readmissions and ED visits for pain-related diagnoses but not postdischarge complications.
Addressing pain control expectations before discharge may help reduce readmissions for patients in high-pain categories, the authors note.
Objective: We hypothesized that inpatient postoperative pain trajectories are associated with 30-day inpatient readmission and emergency department (ED) visits. Background: Surgical readmissions have few known modifiable predictors. Pain experienced by patients may reflect surgical complications and/or inadequate or difficult symptom management.Read More >>