Improving the Quality of Inpatient Discharge Instructions: An Evaluation and Implementation of Best Practices
The goal of this study was to determine provider characteristics associated with high quality discharge instructions and whether redesigned discharge instructions would lead to improvement in their quality and reduce hospital readmission rates.
Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) is an interdisciplinary, multi-specialty Journal, and articles span the spectrum of medical topics, providing timely, up-to-date information for primary care physicians and specialists alike. The SMJ enables physicians to provide the best possible care to patients in this age of rapidly changing modern medicine. Therefore, the readers of the SMJ are an appropriate target for this article.
Little is known about whether improving the quality of written discharge instructions can result in improved readmission rates and whether there are differences in the quality of discharge instructions based on provider and patient characteristics.
The goal of this study was to determine provider characteristics associated with high quality discharge instructions and whether redesigned discharge instructions would lead to improvement in their quality and reduce hospital readmission rates. At the conclusion of the activity, learners should be better prepared to:
- Describe the ability of written discharge instructions for inpatients being discharged to reduce readmission risk.
- Describe provider and patient characteristics which may affect the quality of written discharge instructions for inpatients.
- Discuss the impact of educational interventions and redesign interventions for the discharge instructions template noted in this study.
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The following individuals, unless otherwise noted, have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Benjamin A. Rodwin, MD
Victor P. Bilan, MD
Craig G. Gunderson, MD
Naseema B. Merchant, MD
Southern Medical Association/Southern Medical Journal Editorial Staff:
Steven T. Baldwin, MD, SMJ Editor-in-Chief
G. Richard Holt, MD, Interim SMJ Editor-in-Chief
Jennifer S. Price, MA, Managing Editor
Anita McCabe, Copyeditor
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