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Table 3 Absence and inadequacy of applicable discharge letter components

From: Association of admission and patient characteristics with quality of discharge letters: posthoc analysis of a retrospective study

Discharge letter components Absence of applicable components
(N = 2632)
(%)
Component present but inadequate
(% of present components)
Name, address and function of receiver 1.4 -
Name and function of receivers of a copy of the letter 34.2 -
Name and date of birth of the patient 0.7 0.4
Address of the patient 0.9 -
Date of admission 1.5 -
Date of discharge or death 2.0 -
Patient history 7.1 3.8
Most important outcomes of tests 6.5 2.8
Most important laboratory results 31.6 1.6
Information about consultations and the conclusions 21.1 4.3
Conclusions / Diagnosis 2.2 3.5
Answers to the questions of the general practitioner / referrer 11.7 0.5
Treatment and prognosis 3.1 3.0
Complications 9.7 3.1
Treatment after discharge 7.1 0.7
Changes in medication 15.2 0.9
Follow up and appointments 10.8 -
Name and function of discharging physician 0.3 -
  1. - Not applicable