Assessing quality and efficiency of discharge summaries.

  title={Assessing quality and efficiency of discharge summaries.},
  author={Pratibha Rao and Anca Andrei and Alvin Fried and David Gonz{\'a}lez and Daniel Shine},
  journal={American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality},
  volume={20 6},
Discharge summaries are intended to transfer important clinical information from inpatient to outpatient settings and between hospital admissions. The authors created a point scale that rated summaries in 4 key areas and applied the scale at a community teaching hospital over 3 years. Charts of 150 patients were selected equally from those discharged early and late in the academic year. Residents dictated all summaries after July 2003 using a prominently displayed template. Two residents and a… CONTINUE READING
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