Survey: Primary care doctors may not get discharge summaries

01/11/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Discharge summaries for cardiac rehabilitation patients only reached their primary care physicians 51.5% of the time and those that were delivered often were missing important information, Canadian researchers reported in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. A survey of 138 primary care providers showed that all of them wanted a summary and that medications, patient-care plans and clinical status were deemed the most important information needed.

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