Postdischarge clinics: hospitalist attitudes and experiences.

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Postdischarge clinics: hospitalist attitudes and experiences.

J Hosp Med. 2013 Oct;8(10):578-81

Authors: Burke RE, Ryan P

Novel methods for improving transitions of care are needed. Hospitalist-run postdischarge clinics (PDCs) may improve access to postdischarge care, but require practice change from providers. We conducted a Web-based cross-sectional survey of hospitalists at 37 academic medical centers across the United States and a large private employer of hospitalists to assess the attitudes of hospitalists toward postdischarge care and PDCs. Two hundred twenty-eight of 814 hospitalists responded to the survey (28%). Responding hospitalists commonly (55%) experienced difficulty arranging outpatient follow-up, and felt that lack of access was responsible for most patient problems after discharge (61%). Despite this, 62% felt hospitalists should not provide postdischarge care in a clinic, and 77% felt they would require extra compensation for work in a PDC. However, 74% thought such a clinic would decrease emergency department visits. Practicing in a PDC was associated with a trend toward positive attitudes about providing postdischarge care (P = 0.054). Responding hospitalists expressed difficulty arranging appropriate postdischarge care, confidence that PDCs would reduce postdischarge utilization, and reservations about working in a PDC, perhaps because of practical or financial concerns. These results are important given the current emphasis on reducing hospital readmissions. Further work evaluating the experience of hospitalists in PDCs is needed.

PMID: 24101543 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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