Promoting effective transitions of care at hospital discharge: a review of key issues for hospitalists.
Approach to Improving Safety
- Patient Self-Management
- Structured Hand-offs
- Provider-Patient Communication
- Medication Reconciliation
Setting of Care
This article reviews key challenges in providing safe transitions from hospital to home, including discontinuity between inpatient and outpatient physicians, medication regimen changes, and complicated discharge instructions. The authors also discuss strategies to prevent medical errors in the postdischarge period.