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October 14, 2013

Completing the Play or Dropping the Ball?The Case for Comprehensive Patient-Centered Discharge Planning

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(18):1723-1724. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.7854

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.

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