Table 1

Frequency of missing information in discharge summaries
Missing n/N* % (95% CI)
Discharge diagnosis 1/90 1.1 (0.0-6.6)
Discharge medication list 5/89 5.6 (2.1-12.8)
Medication change(s) 4/82 4.9 (1.5-12.3)
Reason for medication change(s) 13/82 15.9 (9.5-25.4)
Clinical course in hospital 0/90 0.0 (0.0-4.9)
Result of relevant investigations 3/90 3.3 (0.7-9.8)
Follow-up instructions for family physicians 3/87 3.4 (0.7-10.1)

Abbreviations: 95 % CI, 95 % confidence interval.

*Note that some discharge summaries in the study sample are excluded from the denominator if a given item was not applicable for the patient’s stay in hospital (e.g., “Reason for medication change(s)” would not be relevant for a patient whose medications were not changed during that hospitalization).

Legault et al.

Legault et al. BMC Medical Education 2012 12:77   doi:10.1186/1472-6920-12-77

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