Areej El-Jawahri Discusses Avoidable Hospitalizations

Areej El-Jawahri, MD, an oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses potentially avoidable hospitalizations among patients older than age 60 with acute myeloid leukemia.

Areej El-Jawahri, MD, an oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses potentially avoidable hospitalizations among patients older than age 60 with acute myeloid leukemia. 

Previous research has shown that this population has high rates of health services utilization and hospitalizations. 

In a study evaluating 329 patients, who accounted for more than 1000 hospitalizations, El-Jawahri found that 17% of the patients had potentially avoidable hospitalizations. Half of these hospitalizations followed a premature discharge from a prior hospitalization.  

El-Jawahri says the findings indicate a need for interventions within the hospitalization process.