I have been following the discussion related to hospital discharge communications and ambulatory follow-up.
I have been part of an AHRQ funded workgroup looking at hospital discharge and follow-up ambulatory care.
Even though this project was focused on reducing unwarranted re-admissions, during the project we identified poor communication between transitions in care as a major problem.
The AHRQ has posted several articles about our findings that you may find interesting.
Also, we have a paper under review at the Annals of Family Medicine (hopefully it will be accepted and published soon).
Designing and Delivering Whole-Person Transitional Care
Ted E. Palen, PhD, MD, MSPH
Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine
Diplomate Clinical Informatics American Board of Preventive Medicine
Senior Investigator | Institute for Health Research | Kaiser Permanente Colorado (KPCO)
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