Poor Communication Leads to Unsafe Discharges to Skilled Nursing Facilities, Study Finds

Poor communication during discharge is the number one obstacle to safe transitions from hospitals to skilled nursing facilities, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

The study held focus groups with 27 registered nurses in five Wisconsin skilled nursing facilities.

Nurses cited incorrect medication orders, lack of patient psychosocial history and inaccurate data on current patient health status as the points of communication that most often created care delays and necessitated clarifications.

The study authors suggested that these points may be useful for revisions of existing care transition interventions. 

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