5 things GPs hate about discharge summaries (and 7 ways to make them better)

Hospital discharge summaries remain the bane of many GPs’ professional lives.

A survey of 118 Australian GPs reveals the top five frustrations with summaries - and seven items that GPs rate as most important to include.

According to the results, GPs are most dissatisfied with these five aspects:

  1. Timelines  (“you often don’t get one”);
  2. No information on patient’s condition on discharge;
  3. No reasons given for changes in medications;
  4. Pathology results not prioritised; and
  5. Format of summary (“overloaded with

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