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Improving discharge summaries from hospital to primary care
We are conducting a study aimed at improving discharge summaries for people moving from hospital to primary care. We aim to develop a new evaluation tool to assess the quality of discharge summaries. We will then assess a sample of summaries for patients with colorectal (bowel) cancer across North West London.
This will feed into a wider piece of work that is aimed at improving patient safety outcomes for patients transitioning from hospital to primary care. We want to understand how improved discharge summary guidance and support could play a role in this.
The tool will build on existing guidance from the Professional Records Standards Body, and create a scoring system that will enable colleagues to better understand which factors contribute to a high-quality discharge summary.