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Hospital Discharge Instructions – Room to Improve

Editor’s note: There are delivery system issues that clearly lead to rehospitalization. Here is a survey that relates to discharge instructions to patients.

A recent study of 668 hospital discharges with pending test results found the following:
  • Only 16% of the 2,927 tests with pending results were mentioned in the discharge summaries
  • Only 25% of the discharge summaries mentioned any pending tests, with 13% documenting all pending tests
  • 72% of test results which called for treatment changes weren’t mentioned in discharge summaries
  • Only 67% of the discharge summaries indicated which primary care outpatient doctor was responsible for following up with the patient after discharge.
Source: “Adequacy of Hospital Discharge Summaries in Documenting Tests with Pending Results and Outpatient Follow-up Providers,” Journal of General Internal Medicine, July 3, 2009, 

August 20, 2009 - Posted by | healthcare | , ,

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