Predictors of early rehospitalization among patients hospitalized for complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have been identified by a UTMB study. In an American nationwide analysis of more than 8,000 commercially insured adult patients with COPD, researchers concluded that several modifiable factors, such as appropriate prescriptions upon discharge and early follow up after discharge from the hospital, were associated with lower likelihood of early readmission. "This study analyzed a nationwide sample with robust design methods to confirm patient factors as a predictor of early readmission after initial hospitalization for COPD, as well as to show how a combination of different factors can independently contribute to early readmission," stated lead author UTMB’s Dr. Roozbeh Sharif. The news also appears in Science Codex, Medical Xpress, the Jersey Tribune, Lung Disease News and BioPortfolio.