Quality of Discharge Summaries sent by a Regional Hospital to General Practitioners

File Size Format
65249_1.pdf 147Kb Adobe PDF View
Title Quality of Discharge Summaries sent by a Regional Hospital to General Practitioners
Author Karaksha, Abdullah; Hattingh, Laetitia; Hall, Tony
Journal Name Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia
Abstract Background: A comprehensive hospital discharge summary sent to the patient's general practitioner (GP) in a timely manner can ease patient transition between care settings. Aim: To investigate the quality of discharge summaries sent by a regional hospital to GPs; and to evaluate GPs' satisfaction with the medication list contained in the discharge summary. Method: A questionnaire was mailed to a sample of 80 Gold Coast GPs who had made more than five referrals to the Gold Coast Hospital during June 2009. Results: 18 responses (23% response rate) were received from September to October 2009. The majority (67%) of GPs received discharge summaries from the hospital and they were mostly in an electronic format with attached medication lists. The reasons for changing medications were not well explained and the timeframe for receiving summaries was considered unsatisfactory. Overall, the majority of GPs were satisfied with the quality of the discharge summaries. Conclusion: GPs mostly received the discharge summaries and the majority received them electronically. The majority of GPs indicated that the medication lists were often attached to the discharge summaries and changes to medications recorded.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://jppr.shpa.org.au/scripts/cgiip.exe/WService=SHPAJP/ccms.r
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 40
Issue Number 3
Page from 208
Page to 210
ISSN 1445-937X
Date Accessioned 2010-10-26
Language en_AU
Research Centre Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/34849
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

Show simple item record

Griffith University copyright notice