PURPOSE: To investigate readmission frequencies during the 90 days following radical prostatectomy and to assess readmission risk associated with potentially related variables.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using the population-based, nationwide database Prostate Cancer data Base Sweden (PCBaSe), we identified men diagnosed with incident prostate cancer between 2000 and 2011 who underwent radical prostatectomy (RP) as their primary treatment, and we used logistic regression analysis to examine the association of the risk of 90-day postoperative readmission with surgical method, calendar period, tumor risk category, hospital case load, and patient characteristics.
RESULTS: During the 90 postoperative days, 2,317 (10%) of the 24,122 men identified were non-electively readmitted, specifically 10% after retropubic radical prostatectomy (RRP), 9% after robot-assisted RP (RALP) and 11% after laparoscopic RP (LRP). The range in the readmission frequency between hospitals was 0-35%. A higher risk of readmission was associated with early calendar period (2009-2011 vs. 2000-2002: odds ratio (OR), 0.71; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.61-0.83), greater age (≥70 years vs. <60 years: OR, 1.17; 95% CI, 1.00-1.36), higher risk category (high vs. low-risk category: OR, 1.78; 95% CI, 1.57-2.03), high comorbidity (Charlson comorbidity index ≥3 vs. 0: OR, 1.77; 95% CI, 1.29-2.44), and low hospital surgical volume (≥150 vs. <30 RPs per year: OR, 0.70; 95% CI, 0.60-0.81).
CONCLUSIONS: Readmission rates after different RP methods were similar, ranging from 9% to 11%, with a wide variation between hospitals. Readmission rates can be used as an indicator of perioperative care quality, but potential confounders need to be adjusted to avoid bias.
Elsevier, 2014. Vol. 192, no 1, 112-119 p.
prostate, prostatic neoplasms, prostatectomy, patient readmission, perioperative care