Study finds flaws in patient discharge practices

08/22/2013 | Reuters

A study that included 395 older patients discharged from Yale-New Haven Hospital found 96% said they knew why they had been hospitalized but only 60% gave an accurate description of their diagnosis, researchers from Yale School of Medicine reported. Hospitals are improving discharge policies to reduce readmission rates but the study found fewer than one-third of patients knew they were being discharged more than a day in advance, and while most patients got discharge instructions, about 25% of the materials used medical jargon in explanations of their medical condition.

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