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