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Response to: ‘Recast the debate about preventable readmissions’ by Sutherland et al
  1. Christine Soong1,2,
  2. Chaim Bell1,2
  1. 1Division of General Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Christine Soong, GIM, Mount Sinai Hospital, 428-600 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1X5; christine.soong{at}

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We thank Dr Sutherland1 for drawing our attention to the extensive work that has been done in developing a 30-day risk-standardised readmission ratio (RSRR) in New South Wales, Australia. We agree that variations in these RSRR rates can serve as a useful screening tool to prompt organisations to better understand whether a problem exists and in which areas.

First, we commend Dr Sutherland in the use of administrative and hospital databases to develop a risk-adjusted readmission measure.1 While …

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