How free coffee can improve hospital discharge summaries

REWARDING junior doctors with coffee vouchers and providing them regular feedback can improve the quality of discharge summaries by close to a third, a trial in a Perth hospital has found.

The simple intervention could mean better communication with GPs and better post-hospital management of patients, the authors write in the Internal Medicine Journal.

Over 14 weeks, they randomly audited the discharge summaries of all 14 residents and interns at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Medical Admission Unit, a high-turnover unit with