Many Discharged Patients Do Not Know Diagnoses, Medications, Side Effects

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Researchers report in the current issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings that more than one-half of their study patients were unable to list their medications, diagnoses, treatment plan (names and purposes of medications) and common side effects of prescribed medications.




Newswise — Researchers report in the current issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings that more than one-half of their study patients were unable to list their medications, diagnoses, treatment plan (names and purposes of medications) and common side effects of prescribed medications.

The findings are concerning to physicians because failure of patients to follow treatment plans or understand the requirements after leaving their care could result in readmission to the hospital with compounding health problems and additional health care costs.

Patients are responsible to follow treatment plans, but communication from physicians and health care teams needs to improve to meet the patient’s needs, say the study’s authors.

The study in the August 2005 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings by Amgad Makaryus, M.D., of the Department of Medicine, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., and Eli Friedman, M.D., of the Department of Medicine, State University of New York, Health Science Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., set out to determine whether patients at the time of discharge from a municipal teaching hospital knew their discharge diagnoses, treatment


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