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The importance of discharge summaries in reducing hospital readmissions

For making the transition from hospital to home, a discharge summary that gets to their primary doctors quickly and contains detailed and useful information can mean the difference between recovering quickly or returning to the hospital, according to two studies from School of Medicine researchers.

Summaries Reduce Hospital Readmissions
New Yale research shows how effectively using can prevent for heart failure patients.

Credit:Illustration by Michael Helfenbein,


Other authors on the two studies include first author Mohammed Salim Al-Damluji, M.D.; Kristina Dzara; Beth Hodshon; Natdanai Punnanithinont, M.D.; Harlan M. Krumholz, M.D.; and Sarwat I. Chaudhry, M.D.

The studies were funded in part by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; The National Institute on Aging; the American Federation for Aging Research through the Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research Program; and the Center for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research at Yale. Horwitz is also a recipient of the Clinical and Translational Science Award from Yale Center for Clinical Investigation.

Citations: Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes

Hospital Variation in Quality of Discharge Summaries for Patients Hospitalized With Heart Failure Exacerbation DOI: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.114.001227

Association of Discharge Summary Quality With Readmission Risk for Patients Hospitalized With Heart Failure Exacerbation DOI: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.114.001476

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