Misunderstandings lead to hospital readmissions, study finds

02/19/2013 | Forbes

Doctors sometimes assume that patients who have been living for years with a chronic condition already know how to manage their conditions and fail to give them proper instructions upon discharge from a hospital, a recent study found. In addition, patients may say they understand discharge instructions when they do not, the study found. Doctors and nurses must learn to talk to patients and hospitals must improve discharge programs if they want to prevent readmissions, writes Howard Gleckman, author of "Caring for Our Parents."

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