Telephone Call From Acute Care Physicians to Long Term Care Physicians: Impact on Transitional Care of Elderly Patients
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A telephone call from a physician taking care of a patient in the hospital to a physician in the long term care setting at the time of discharge can improve transitional care for elderly patients. We believe direct communication between physicians can reduce re-hospitalizations, medication errors, morbidity and mortality. No studies have been done that involve physician-to-physician sign-outs after hospital discharge to the nursing home. In our study, we would like to address the breakdown in the transfer of information to the nursing home setting.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
65 Years and older (Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
patients transitioning from the Acute Care for The Elderly (ACE) Unit patients at Maimonides Medical Center to Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center (MJGC).