Could being discharged from the hospital during the holiday season be more dangerous to your health? The answer is "yes" according to a study out from Toronto General Hospital.

The study found that patients who go home from the hospital during the holidays (in December) are less likely to have a follow-up appointment and run a higher risk of death and readmission within 30 days.

The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Canada analyzed over 200-thousand adults and children who were discharged from hospitals during the two-week holiday period between the years of 2002 and 2016.

The authors of the study are quick to point out, however, that outpatient care during the holidays is limited. So a certain amount of caution should be included with the study. To read more on the study, go to the British Medical Journal website.

Source: Associated Press

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