Journal Article

Patient and physician experience with interhospital transfer: a qualitative study.

Mueller SK; Shannon E; Dalal A; Schnipper JL; Dykes P.

This single-site survey of resident and attending physicians across multiple specialties uncovered multiple safety vulnerabilities in the process of interhospital transfer. Investigators found that physicians and patients were both dissatisfied with timing of transfers and that critical patient records were missing upon transfer. These issues raise safety concerns for highly variable interhospital transfer practices.