Article: Study shows unaddressed legal issues may be a risk factor for hospital readmission

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

By Emma James, Emily Samson, Megha Manek & Robert Robinson

A recent study examined the impact of unmet legal needs on hospital readmission rates at the SIU Family and Community Medicine inpatient service at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois. Data from 2500 hospital discharges were analyzed alongside unmet legal needs identified through an interview-based screening tool. The results show that unmet legal needs appear to be an independent risk factor for hospital readmission.