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Interventions to improve communication at hospital discharge and rates of readmission: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Becker C, Zumbrunn S, Beck K, et al. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(8):e2119346.

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September 29, 2021
Becker C, Zumbrunn S, Beck K, et al. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(8):e2119346.

Discharge from the hospital represents a vulnerable time for patients. This systematic review assessed the impact of discharge communication on hospital readmissions, adherence to treatment regimen, patient satisfaction, mortality, and emergency department visits 30 days after hospital discharge. Findings suggest that improved communication at discharge reduced 30-day hospital readmissions and increased adherence to treatment regimen.