|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