Only 55% of medical residents consistently complete discharge summaries for nursing facility patients, study finds

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Only 55 percent of medical school residents reported consistently completing discharge summaries for hospitalized patients being transferred to skilled nursing facilities, a study published in the November issue of Journal of the American Medical Directors Association found.

Researchers electronically surveyed 482 medical residents across three university-based programs in internal medicine and medicine-pediatrics across the U.S., of which 238 responded.

Key findings: 

  • Only 31 percent of residents knew how often patients received skilled therapies at skilled nursing facilities.

  • Only 23 percent knew how frequently nursing services are provided. 

  • While 79 percent of residents identified discharge summaries as the main way they communicated care instructions to facilities, only 55 percent reported always completing it prior to discharge. 

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