Optimizing the quality of hospital discharge summaries – a systematic review and practical tools

Unnewehr M, Schaaf B, Marev R, Fitch J, Friederichs H (2015)
Postgraduate Medicine 127(6): 630-639.

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Unnewehr, Markus; Schaaf, Bernhard; Marev, Rusi; Fitch, Jason; Friederichs, HendrikUniBi
Abstract / Bemerkung
Objective. Although doctors’ discharge summaries (DS) are important forms of communication between the physicians in patient care, deficits in the quality of DS are common. This review aims to answer the following question: according to the literature, how can the quality of DS be improved by 1) interventions; 2) reviews and guidelines of regulatory bodies; and 3) other practical recommendations? Methods. Systematic review of the literature. Results. The scientific papers on optimizing the quality of DS (n = 234) are heterogeneous and do not allow any meta-analysis. The interventional studies revealed that a structured approach of writing, educational training including feedback and the use of a checklist are effective methods. Guidelines are helpful for outlining the key characteristics of DS. Additionally, the articles in the literature provided practical proposals on improving form, structure, clinical content, treatment recommendations, follow-up plan, medications and changes, addressees, patient data, length, language, dictation, electronic processing and timeliness of DS. Conclusion. The literature review revealed various possibilities for improving the quality of DS.
Erscheinungsjahr
2015
Zeitschriftentitel
Postgraduate Medicine
Band
127
Ausgabe
6
Seite(n)
630-639
ISSN
0032-5481
eISSN
1941-9260
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2951181

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Unnewehr M, Schaaf B, Marev R, Fitch J, Friederichs H. Optimizing the quality of hospital discharge summaries – a systematic review and practical tools. Postgraduate Medicine. 2015;127(6):630-639.
Unnewehr, M., Schaaf, B., Marev, R., Fitch, J., & Friederichs, H. (2015). Optimizing the quality of hospital discharge summaries – a systematic review and practical tools. Postgraduate Medicine, 127(6), 630-639. https://doi.org/10.1080/00325481.2015.1054256
Unnewehr, M., Schaaf, B., Marev, R., Fitch, J., and Friederichs, H. (2015). Optimizing the quality of hospital discharge summaries – a systematic review and practical tools. Postgraduate Medicine 127, 630-639.
Unnewehr, M., et al., 2015. Optimizing the quality of hospital discharge summaries – a systematic review and practical tools. Postgraduate Medicine, 127(6), p 630-639.
M. Unnewehr, et al., “Optimizing the quality of hospital discharge summaries – a systematic review and practical tools”, Postgraduate Medicine, vol. 127, 2015, pp. 630-639.
Unnewehr, M., Schaaf, B., Marev, R., Fitch, J., Friederichs, H.: Optimizing the quality of hospital discharge summaries – a systematic review and practical tools. Postgraduate Medicine. 127, 630-639 (2015).
Unnewehr, Markus, Schaaf, Bernhard, Marev, Rusi, Fitch, Jason, and Friederichs, Hendrik. “Optimizing the quality of hospital discharge summaries – a systematic review and practical tools”. Postgraduate Medicine 127.6 (2015): 630-639.

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