Improving handoff communication from hospital to home: the development, implementation and evaluation of a personalized patient discharge letter.

@article{Buurman2016ImprovingHC,
  title={Improving handoff communication from hospital to home: the development, implementation and evaluation of a personalized patient discharge letter.},
  author={Bianca Maria Buurman and Kim J M Verhaegh and Marian Smeulers and Hester Vermeulen and Suzanne Eugenie Geerlings and Susanne M. Smorenburg and Sophia E de Rooij},
  journal={International journal for quality in health care : journal of the International Society for Quality in Health Care},
  year={2016},
  volume={28 3},
  pages={384-90}
}
OBJECTIVE To develop, implement and evaluate a personalized patient discharge letter (PPDL) to improve the quality of handoff communication from hospital to home. DESIGN From the end of 2006-09 we conducted a quality improvement project; consisting of a before-after evaluation design, and a process evaluation. SETTING Four general internal medicine wards, in a 1024-bed teaching hospital in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. PARTICIPANTS All consecutive patients of 18 years and older, admitted… CONTINUE READING