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Hospital Readmission Rates on the Rise in Older Adults: Study
Date:10/4/2011

of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a longtime project funder, said in the news release.

"Everyone -- patients, doctors, nurses, caregivers -- has a role to play in ensuring quality care and avoiding another hospital stay. They need to work together to create a plan for how care will proceed when the patient returns home. This should include a clear understanding of the patient's medical problems, a schedule for follow-up appointments, a list of medications and instructions for taking them," she added.

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The Family Caregiver Alliance has more about hospital discharge planning.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Dartmouth Atlas Project, news release, Sept. 28, 2011


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