Study of Physician Awareness of and Communication About Patient Readmissions to the Hospital

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Mass General Brigham

Status

Completed

Conditions

Hospital Readmission

Treatments

Other: Automatic notification of readmissions

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT00550264
2006P001975 BWH;

Details and patient eligibility

About

Patients admitted to inpatient medicine services often require early hospital readmission, and often they are readmitted to different physician or team, potentially without the knowledge of the prior physician or team. Thus, physicians may lose the opportunity to share valuable information about readmitted patients, which may be detrimental to continuity of care and patient safety. The purpose of this study is to determine baseline awareness and communication rates among physicians regarding readmissions, and then measure the effect of automatic notification on these rates.

Enrollment

500 estimated patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

All patients admitted to the general medicine service at two academic medical centers, and unexpectedly readmitted within 14 days.

Exclusion criteria

Patients readmitted to the same physician(s), or those whose readmission was planned

Trial design

500 participants in 2 patient groups

1
Experimental group
Treatment:
Other: Automatic notification of readmissions
2
No Intervention group

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