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Improving Resident Hospital Discharge Communication by Changing Electronic Health Record Templates to Enhance Primary Care Provider Satisfaction.
Lynch KA, Baron SW, Rikin S, Kanevsky J, Kelly CB, Carrozzi G, Wey G, Yang K. Improving Resident Hospital Discharge Communication by Changing Electronic Health Record Templates to Enhance Primary Care Provider Satisfaction. Quality management in health care. 2023 Jul 24.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:
Despite use of standardized electronic health record templates, the structure of discharge summaries may hinder communication from inpatient settings to primary care providers (PCPs). We developed an enhanced electronic discharge summary template to improve PCP satisfaction with written discharge summaries targeting diagnoses, medication reconciliation, laboratory test results, specialist follow-up, and recommendations.
Resident template usage was measured using statistical process control charts. PCP reviewers'' discharge summary satisfaction was surveyed using 5-point Likert scales analyzed using the Mann-Whitney U test. Residents were surveyed for satisfaction.
Resident template usage increased from 61% initially to 72% of discharge summaries at 6 months. The PCP reviewers reported increased satisfaction for summaries using the template compared with those without (4.3 vs 3.9, P = .003). Surveyed residents desired template inclusion in the default electronic discharge summary (93%).
This system-level resident-initiated quality improvement initiative created a novel discharge summary template that achieved widespread usage among residents and significantly increased outpatient PCP satisfaction.