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A systematic literature review and narrative synthesis on the risks of medical discharge letters for patients' safety.

Schwarz CM, Hoffmann M, Schwarz P, et al. BMC health services research. 2019;19:158.

Care transitions represent a vulnerable time for patients, especially at the time of hospital discharge. In this systematic review, researchers identified several factors related to discharge summaries that may adversely impact the safety of discharged patients, including delays in sending discharge summaries to outpatient providers as well as missing or low-quality information.