This systematic review found beneficial effects of a wide array of care transitional interventions, including medication reconciliation, structured discharge summaries, discharge planning, shared follow up by hospital-outpatient providers, electronic discharge notifications and web-based access to discharge information by continuity providers. It is still not clear, however, which of these interventions are most effective, and hospital systems should try to implement all of them when feasible (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.