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Website spotlight: Prevent readmissions with discharge planning

Nurse Leader Insider, April 11, 2011

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Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, April 5, 2011

Discharge planning is a process that should begin as soon as patients are admitted to the hospital. In a perfect world, healthcare team members, patients, and families communicate and work together to move patients quickly and safely to home or the next level of care. In reality, discharge planning can be fractious.

Older adult patients and their families face many choices about where to go and often disagree on the best course of care. Communication among caregivers can be far from ideal and communication between patients and families can be fraught with disagreements.

Editor's note: Read the rest of this free article by visiting Prevent readmissions with discharge planning found in the Reading Room at www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com

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