Comorbidities and hospital readmission in patients with multiple sclerosis

Takeaway

  • Patients hospitalized with multiple sclerosis (MS) who have comorbid diseases may be at increased risk of short-term readmission.

Why this matters

  • Patients with MS regularly experience concomitant mental and physical health conditions and are hospitalized 1.5 times more often than the general population.

  • The presence of comorbid disease in patients with MS has been associated with delayed diagnosis and elevated self-reported disability.

  • Readmission rate is the primary target outcome for disease-modifying therapies in MS.

  • Comorbidities have been associated with increased readmission rates in patients with MS in Canada, but no data are available for patients in the United States.