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November 1, 2012

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Being readmitted to the hospital soon after being discharged is a common problem for all older Americans. But men are at a significantly higher risk of returning for emergency room care or a hospital stay within a month after discharge than are women, according to a recent study published in BMJ Open. "Men in certain populations may not have social support, which leads them to being at higher risk for readmission," says Dr. Jeffrey Schnipper, director of clinical research for the Brigham and Women's hospitalist services.

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