A recent study published in The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (JAMDA), “Inverse Dose-Response Relationship Between Home Health Care Services and Rehospitalization in Older Adults,” found that home health (HH) PT at a threshold of one visit/week reduced the risk of hospitalization during the 60-day episode of care by up to 82 percent.
The study analyzed the OASIS information and HH administrative records of more than 1,300 individuals ages 65 years or older admitted to a not-for-profit HH agency within 48 hours of discharge from the hospital during calendar year 2016. The effect of PT on the reduction of hospitalization was more significant for patients with low functional limitation than those with high functional limitation. Skilled nursing visits reduced the risk of hospitalization by 48 percent for patients with low functional limitation only, but the authors found no significant impact on rehospitalization with OT or home health aide visits.
View the study on the JAMDA website.