Thumbs-up for patient-focused discharge letters

A simply-worded letter given to patients before discharge from hospital speeds up recovery, report Australian researchers.

Most patients do not understand the results of in-hospital tests and are even more confused about what they are meant to do when they get home, say the team  from the University of Sydney.

But a discharge letter written in layman’s terms helps ensure post-discharge recommendations are understood.

“Patients can often be