Patient-centered information plays an important role in medical care. In acute care, informing patients about test-results and future treatment is the final and probably the most crucial step. It is relative inexpensive and yet has the potential of having beneficial effects on patient's quality of life when performed well. Whereas under certain circumstances (and in specialties such as oncology), information can be reiterated, in other contexts such as that of the emergency department (ED), caregivers as well as patients rely on a single opportunity to provide information ("crammed information"). Presenting information at discharge may have a profound impact on quality of life and other outcomes, such as re-admission and health-care cost. Though there are - albeit conflicting - results in the context of acute care about the form (oral vs. written) of information-giving at discharge, there is surprisingly little information about the content of such information. Furthermore, the wealth of literature on information-giving stems from primary care, oncology, psychiatry and pediatrics, with only few publications concerning ED settings - and none regarding the content of information provided for the most frequent serious complaint, namely chest pain. We therefore aimed to determine the content of discharge information in ED patients with chest pain that is likely to result, from the point of view of the caregivers, in optimized outcomes.