Emergency department discharge instructions: a wide variation in practice across Australasia.

@article{Taylor2000EmergencyDD,
  title={Emergency department discharge instructions: a wide variation in practice across Australasia.},
  author={David McDonald Taylor and Peter Alistair Cameron},
  journal={Journal of accident & emergency medicine},
  year={2000},
  volume={17 3},
  pages={192-5}
}
OBJECTIVES All patients discharged from the emergency department (ED) should be given discharge instructions (DIs). This study aimed to describe the DI practices of EDs in Australasia and to examine the differences between public and private EDs. METHODS A voluntary, questionnaire-based survey of public and private EDs throughout Australia and New Zealand. RESULTS 58 of 74 (78.4%) EDs provided instruction notes upon discharge although 51 (68.9%) gave them to only "some" patients. There were… CONTINUE READING

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