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Perspectives on Safety > Interview
Improving Transitions in Care, December 2007
Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH, is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado. Trained in both geriatrics and health services research, Dr. Coleman has emerged as one of the world's leading authorities on issues surrounding transitions of care, particularly between acute and postacute settings. His care model, the Care Transitions Intervention, is being adopted by leading health care organizations around the country. The Intervention has been associated with significant decreases in rehospitalization rates.
Journal Article > Review
Promoting effective transitions of care at hospital discharge: a review of key issues for hospitalists.
Kripalani S, Jackson AT, Schnipper JL, Coleman EA. J Hosp Med. 2007;2:314-323.
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.
Journal Article > Study
McMurray A, Chaboyer W, Wallis M, Fetherston C. J Clin Nurs. 2010;19:2580-2589.
This qualitative study examined strategies for successfully implementing a novel approach to nursing handoffs.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; April 2018.
Patient engagement in the process of care is important to improve safety in primary care. This guide includes case studies and highlights handoffs, teach-back, tools to prepare patients for appointments, and brown-bag medication management as strategies to encourage patients and caregivers to participate in safety.