Special Focus: Healthcare Risk Management in Non-Hospital Settings
Patient transitions from inpatient to outpatient: Where are the risks? Can we address them?
Version of Record online: 18 JAN 2013
© 2013 American Society for Healthcare Risk Management of the American Hospital Association
Journal of Healthcare Risk Management
Volume 32, Issue 3, pages 13–19, 2013
How to Cite
McLeod, L. A. (2013), Patient transitions from inpatient to outpatient: Where are the risks? Can we address them?. J of Healthcare Risk Mgmt, 32: 13–19. doi: 10.1002/jhrm.21101
- Issue online: 18 JAN 2013
- Version of Record online: 18 JAN 2013
Transitions of care from the inpatient to outpatient setting can be dangerous. Studies have shown that almost half of all hospitalized patients experience a medical error after discharge. With efforts to decrease the cost of healthcare, patients are discharged “quicker and sicker” oftentimes leaving families to manage the patient's recovery with little support. Most medical errors can be traced back to communication breakdowns and lack of systems to follow up on needed care. Inpatient and outpatient providers must work together to develop processes to address these deficits or face decreasing reimbursement and malpractice claims.