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Comment & Response
December 17, 2018

Telephone Call After Pediatric Discharge

Author Affiliations
  • 1Sydney Medical School Nepean, The University of Sydney, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia
  • 2Paediatric Department, Nepean Hospital, Kingswood, Australia
  • 3Sydney Medical School Nepean, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(2):196. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.4552

To the Editor We read with interest the article by Auger et al1 investigating the effects on nurse-led telephone calls after pediatric discharge. The intervention did not change health care reutilization rates but benefited health education. Both health care reutilization rates as well as health education are likely to be confounded by providing parents with factsheets and/or documented written advice in the context of discharge planning. Whether the process of discharge planning was standardized in this study remains elusive and should be addressed.