Discharge Paperwork Needs a Makeover
the MPR take:
As a transition of care point, the discharge process can have a significant impact on health outcomes and readmission rates. Suneel Dhand, MD, brings attention to discharge paperwork, one of the most ignored aspects of hospital healthcare in a blog post on the ACP Internist website. The bland and basic design of the discharge papers, Dr. Dhand argues, makes patients less likely to read the instructions and information and the medical abbreviations understood by medical professionals may not be known by the patients. He recommends colorful, easy-to-read discharge instructions printed on a card to increase the likelihood that patients will follow discharge instructions and reduce readmission rates.
The discharge process has now been recognized as one of the most crucial points at which the actions of doctors and hospitals can have a huge impact on immediate health outcomes for our patients. Patients are typically still not at their baseline, and their recovery hangs in the balance. The ...
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