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Table 2 Physicians’ opinions

From: Direct phone communication to primary care physician to plan discharge from hospital: feasibility and benefits

HOSPITALISTS’ OPINIONS   Answer: Yes
Opinion on the feasibility of the calls (n = 196)
The workload to successfully reach the PCP is low 85% (168)
The hospitalist did not encounter difficulties to reach the PCP 63% (123)
The time required to establish contact with the PCP is less than 10 min 63% (124)
Opinion on the benefits of the calls (n = 157)
The call was useful and improved patient management 88% (138)
The hospitalist is satisfied with the call 97% (153)
The call is considered redundant with the “liaison letter” and the discharge summary. 53% (83)
The transmitted informations will be taken into account by the PCP in his management 94% (147)
The new informations collected during this call are useful or essential 57% (89)
The call gave the feeling of securing the patient’s discharge to the hospitalist  
  - in terms of medical care (n = 157) 91% (142)
  - in terms of medications (n = 146) 73% (106)
  - in terms of social care (n = 71) 50% (35)
PCPs’ OPINIONS
Are you satisfied with this call? 100% (130)
As a result of this call, do you plan to see your patient again within 15 days? a 78% (101)
Would you like this call to become systematic to prepare your patient discharge? 83% (109)
Would you prefer to receive this information in another way? 49% (64)
If yes, which one? b by email 51% (31)
  by web-based platform (« Zepra ») 39% (24)
  by postal mail 7% (4)
  by « liaison letter » 3% (2)
  1. a missing data = 4 b missing data = 3