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.
- All patients admitted to the general medicine service at two academic medical
centers, and unexpectedly readmitted within 14 days.
- Patients readmitted to the same physician(s), or those whose readmission was planned