Crossing the communication chasm: challenges and opportunities in transitions of care from the hospital to the primary care clinic.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Communication between inpatient clinicians and primary care physicians at the time of hospital discharge is often suboptimal, and it may not have improved with the advent of electronic health records. This qualitative study examined barriers to inpatient–outpatient communication in the care of stroke patients and found that clear communication is needed to ensure effective handoffs.