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Preventing Hospital Re-Admissions

Local social work students could help save the healthcare industry billions of dollars by helping prevent hospital re-admissions.

The chair of BU's department of social work Laura Bronstein led a two-year study that collected data from 100 patients, all of whom had been released from the UHS Medical Center in Johnson City.

Social work students were assigned to follow up on the patients with visits and phone calls, making sure that they are taking their medicine and are in good health.

"Patients once they got back home, they didn't know how they were going to be able to keep their visits with their primary care physician, how they were going to get the medications they needed, and so sometimes something small like that made the whole difference in their being able to stay at home," said Laura Bronstein.

The project is still underway, but results so far have shown those who had received the check-ups from the social work students had no re-admissions to the hospitals.

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