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In this issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, Horwitz and colleagues1 evaluate the quality of the hospital discharge process for older patients and find it lacking. Through an in-depth reading of discharge instructions and follow-up patient interviews, they assess the impact of the discharge process on patient understanding, satisfaction, adherence, and linkage to outpatient care. They identify that satisfaction with the discharge process is a poor measure of patient understanding of the reason for hospitalization and goals of postdischarge care.
Rhodes KV. Completing the Play or Dropping the Ball?The Case for Comprehensive Patient-Centered Discharge Planning. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(18):1723–1724. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.7854