Literacy Of Geriatric Patients On Discharge

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Literacy of Geriatric Patients on Discharge



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Memory and Mental Deterioration:16

Conducting Medication Reviews:19

Community and Family Support:23

Health Care Encounter27










Transitions from the acute hospital to other sites of care are critical and potentially dangerous times for patients. Improving coordination of care among health care settings is amajor area of emphasis in the Institute of Medicine publication, Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century.System factors such as poor information transmission processes, inadequate training of discharging staff, and inadequate time for discharge teaching can prevent patients from having the information they need when being discharged home. Patient factors such as nervousness, home distractions, and poor health literacy further limit the implementation of discharge plans.

Misalignment of system and patient factors can result in a bewildered patient with a failed discharge process that subverts the intentions of even the best posthospital plan. Regardless of whether system and/or patient factors underlie the problem, the perception of that bewildered patient is that of receiving inadequate instruction for self-care after discharge from the hospital. As self-care and medication compliance play an important role in health outcomes and whether patients are readmitted, such a perceived (or actual) lack of instruction can have important implications for future health, physical function, and quality of life. Patients cared for in settings where health literacy is generally low and socioeconomic conditions poor may be at especially high risk of problems with communication of the discharge plan.

The objectives of this study were to (1) describe patient recall regarding pre-discharge communication between hospital staff and patients regarding discharge instructions, and (2) to demonstrate that a post-hospitalization survey was both feasible and revealing in an urban, public hospital setting.


Accidental falls are one of the most frequent adverse events reported in hospitals with falls rates ranging from 2.2 falls per 1000 patient days on general acute medical wards and up to 20 falls per 1,000 patient days on rehabilitation wards being reported. Up to 30% of hospital falls result in injury and fractures sustained from falls in hospitals have recently been found to result in poorer outcomes than fractures sustained from falls in the ...
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