Leaving against medical advice
Case Management Monthly, August 27, 2010
Working with a patient who is leaving against medical advice (LAMA) can be difficult. Although the physician responsible for the patient’s medical care is primarily involved in this situation, discharge planners frequently become involved when the patient has continuing care needs.
The rate of readmission or return to the ED is relatively high for LAMA patients. Therefore, establishing a multiprofessional protocol for managing these patients is wise.
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