Date Presented 04/21/2023

Social determinants of health across rehabilitation service areas are related to successful community discharge. Using the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Beta Dataset, 23 measures were identified, representing economic, social, physical, educational, and health care contexts.

Primary Author and Speaker: Timothy Reistetter

Contributing Authors: Alex Bokov, Susanne Schmidt, Mei-Ling A. Lin, Julianna Dean, Chih-Ying Li, Allen Haas, John Prochaska

RESEARCH PURPOSE: Characterize and evaluate social determinants of health measures associated with successful community discharge across rehabilitation service areas nationally.

DESIGN: Retrospective cross-sectional analysis of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) measures contained within the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Beta dataset. We performed maximum likelihood factor analysis with varimax rotation to identify SDOH measures associated with successful community discharge across a random sample of 800 rehabilitation service areas.

METHOD: We examined discharges following services from long-term care hospitals, home health agencies, skilled nursing and inpatient rehabilitation facilities. The population included 2013–2015 Medicare beneficiaries >65 years enrolled in fee-for-service Medicare. The cohort contained 2,287,210 records across all diagnostic groups. The main outcome measure was successful community discharge, based on CMS quality measure specifications, across the 1711 Rehabilitation Service Areas (RSA) nationally.

RESULTS: The national average for successful community discharge across RSAs was 55.1%. The pattern indicates the majority of RSAs (1239, 72.4%) perform at the national average for successful community discharge with 253 RSAs (14.8%) significantly below and 219 (12.8%) significantly above the national average. Factor analysis with SDOH measures identified five factors with eigenvalues >1.0 comprised of 23 SDOH measures. Explained variance for these five factors was: economic 38.7%, social 33.1%, physical infrastructure 16.5%, education 6.8%, and healthcare 5.5%.

CONCLUSION: SDOH represent conditions and contexts where people live, work, and participate with others. A primary goal of rehabilitation is to facilitate community participation. This study identified select SDOH measures associated with successful community discharge across rehabilitation service areas. More research is needed to understand how SDOH impacts disparities and equity issues related to successful community discharge following rehabilitation.

IMPACT STATEMENT: These findings are important to practice and policy and highlight the significance of SDOH on occupational therapy outcomes.


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