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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.
Perspectives on Safety > Perspective
with commentary by Sunil Kripalani, MD, MSc, Improving Transitions in Care, December 2007
Hospital discharge is often viewed as the end of an acute medical event. Goodbyes are said as patients pack their belongings and return home. Physicians scratch the patient's name off their rounding list, and hospital staff remove the patient from the census as they clean out the room...