Ventetid på epikriser i Fyns Amt: En analyse af praksiskonsulentordningens effekt
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The hospital discharge report plays an important role in the communication between hospital and general practice. However, the discharge report is often sent several days after discharge, and may not be received when the patient first visits his general practitioner after discharge. An intervention to reduce this delay was carried out between November 1993 and July 1994 at all hospital departments (n = 35) in the County of Funen, Denmark. The intervention consisted of a detailed evaluation of all routines concerning discharge reports followed by initiatives to reduce the waiting time. Criteria and standards for waiting time and quality of discharge reports were stated and evaluated before and after the intervention. As standard for waiting time, at least three-quarters of all discharge reports should be received by the general practitioner within ten days after discharge. Before the intervention half of all departments met this standard. After the intervention two-thirds met the standard. The quality of discharge reports was acceptable both before and after the intervention. This study shows that it was possible to reduce the delay of discharge reports by an intervention made in collaboration between hospital and general practice.
|Journal||Ugeskrift for læger|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|