In this large retrospective analysis of almost 5000 patients discharged from a single institution, researchers found that 61% of discharge summaries documented a follow up plan, but this had no effect on 30 day hospital readmission, ED visit, or mortality. Simply making a follow up plan by itself is unlikely to have beneficial effect on reducing readmissions, ED visits, or mortality (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.