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Table 1 Criteria for inclusion and exclusion of studies

From: A systematic literature review and narrative synthesis on the risks of medical discharge letters for patients’ safety

Criteria Inclusion Exclusion
Time period January 2008– May 2018 Before 2008
Language German, English Other languages
Setting Studies with adults
Patients at discharge to referring physicians or GPs
No studies in pediatric settings
Patient transfer within the hospital or to another hospital, or patient hand-over situations
Type of studies Primary studies Reports, commentaries, letters
Aim: to identify risks of the medical discharge letter Literature points out possible risks or challenges of the medical discharge letter Literature does not cover challenges or risks in terms of the medical discharge letter