Do patient attitudes contribute to frequent readmissions?

Project Status

Chief Investigators
Sue Kirby, Sarah Dennis, Mark Harris


This mixed methods study involves statistical analysis of emergency department data to determine what differentiates frequently readmitted patients from other patients, and qualitative analysis of interview data comparing frequently readmitted patients with patients managing their chronic disease outside hospital.


Determine the characteristics which differentiate frequently readmitted chronic disease patients from those self-managing

Design and Method

Parallel methods

Key Publications

Kirby, S., et al., Patient related factors in frequent readmissions: the influence of condition, access to services and patient choice. BMC Health Services Research, 2010. 10(1): p. 216-224.

Kirby, S.E., et al., What distinguished clinicians who better support patients for chronic disease self-management? Australian Journal of Primary Health, 2012. 18; 220-227

Kirby, S.E., et al., Frequent emergency attenders: is there a better way?” Australian Health Review, 2011. 35; 462- 467

Unplanned return visits to emergency in a regional hospital. Australian Health Review. 2012 36(3) 336-41

Kirby SE, Dennis S, Bazeley P, Harris MF. Activating patients with chronic disease for selfmanagement:comparison of self-managing patients with those managing by frequent readmissions to hospital. Australian Journal of Primary Health.2013  Vol. 19, No. 3: 198-206