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Journal Article
Study

Interhospital transfer patients discharged by academic hospitalists and general internists: characteristics and outcomes.

Sokol-Hessner L, White AA, Davis KF, et al. Journal of hospital medicine. 2016;11:245-50.

Although interhospital transfers are considered risky, they are not well characterized. This analysis of inpatient records found that even after adjustment for illness severity and patient characteristics, transferred patients had a higher risk of death compared with patients admitted through the emergency department. This finding should prompt prospective study of transfers to elucidate and address safety vulnerabilities.