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An Australian discharge summary quality assessment tool: A pilot study

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Abstract


  • Background and objective

    Patients’ transition from hospital care

    to their general practitioner (GP) can

    put them at risk of unforeseen adverse

    events, which can be minimised by the

    GP receiving timely access to hospital

    discharge summaries. The objective of this

    article was to develop and pilot a discharge

    summary assessment tool, inclusive of

    components that Australian GPs identified

    as being most important for the safe

    transfer of care.

    Method

    Development of the instrument was

    informed by a literature review pertaining

    to key components of effective discharge

    summaries. These components were

    included in a survey instrument, which

    was piloted by Australian GP participants.

    Results

    From 118 responses, the five highest

    ranked components of a discharge

    summary included lists of medications on

    discharge, diagnoses on discharge, reasons

    for any changes in medications, and details

    of follow-up arrangements and treatment

    in hospital.

    Discussion

    This paper describes the initial

    development and results of piloting an

    Australian discharge summary quality

    assessment tool.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Mahfouz, C., Bonney, A., Mullan, J. & Rich, W. (2017). An Australian discharge summary quality assessment tool: A pilot study. Australian Family Physician, 46 (1-2), 57-63.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85013174227

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5469&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4445

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 57

End Page


  • 63

Volume


  • 46

Issue


  • 1-2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Background and objective

    Patients’ transition from hospital care

    to their general practitioner (GP) can

    put them at risk of unforeseen adverse

    events, which can be minimised by the

    GP receiving timely access to hospital

    discharge summaries. The objective of this

    article was to develop and pilot a discharge

    summary assessment tool, inclusive of

    components that Australian GPs identified

    as being most important for the safe

    transfer of care.

    Method

    Development of the instrument was

    informed by a literature review pertaining

    to key components of effective discharge

    summaries. These components were

    included in a survey instrument, which

    was piloted by Australian GP participants.

    Results

    From 118 responses, the five highest

    ranked components of a discharge

    summary included lists of medications on

    discharge, diagnoses on discharge, reasons

    for any changes in medications, and details

    of follow-up arrangements and treatment

    in hospital.

    Discussion

    This paper describes the initial

    development and results of piloting an

    Australian discharge summary quality

    assessment tool.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Mahfouz, C., Bonney, A., Mullan, J. & Rich, W. (2017). An Australian discharge summary quality assessment tool: A pilot study. Australian Family Physician, 46 (1-2), 57-63.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85013174227

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5469&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4445

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 57

End Page


  • 63

Volume


  • 46

Issue


  • 1-2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia