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Table 3 Major risk factors of the medical discharge letter and improvements to reduce risk factors

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

Risks factors of the medical discharge letter Suggestions for improvement
Delayed delivery Introduction of electronic transfer systems
Quality, lack of information Training in writing medical discharge letters
Education in writing medical discharge letters Integration of writing medical discharge letters in study and teaching (checklists, workshops)
Lack of patient understanding Translation of medical terms, formulation of a (patient-centered) medical discharge letter.