TABLE 2

Physician and Hospital-Related Characteristics With Comparison by Preventability Status

CharacteristicAll Readmissions (n = 204)Not Preventable (n = 163)Preventable (n = 41)P
Admission unit.03a
 Hospitalist only123 (60)92 (56)31 (76)
 Mixed unit81 (40)71 (44)10 (24)
Weekend vs weekday1.00a
 Weekend discharge57 (28)46 (28)11 (27)
 Weekday discharge147 (72)117 (72)30 (73)
Physician experience.85a
 Practicing <5 y114 (62)92 (62)22 (59)
 Practicing >5 y71 (38)56 (38)15 (51)
Fellowship.48a
 Fellowship trained35 (19)30 (20)5 (14)
 No fellowship151 (81)119 (80)32 (86)
LOS median (range), d
First hospital stay3.0 (0–83)3.0 (0–83)2.0 (1–26).22b
Median days between admissions (range)9.5 (0–30)12.0 (0–30)6.0 (0–29).002b
  • LOS, length of stay.

  • a Calculated by using Fisher’s exact test.

  • b Calculated by using Wilcoxon rank sum test.