Author Interviews, JAMA, Outcomes & Safety, Yale / 20.08.2013
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Leora I. Horwitz, MD, MHS Section of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Yale–New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings of the study? Answer: We interviewed nearly 400 older patients who had been admitted with heart failure, pneumonia or heart attack within one week of going home from the hospital. We also reviewed the medical records of 377 of the patients. We found, for example, that:
- 40% of patients could not understand or explain the reason they were in the hospital in the first place;
- A fourth of discharge instructions were written in medical jargon that a patient was not likely to understand;
- Only a third of patients were discharged with scheduled follow-up with a primary care physician or cardiology specialist;
- Only 44% accurately recalled details of their appointments.