Table 2

Frequency of inaccurate information in discharge summaries, when information was present
Inaccurate n/N* % (95% CI) Inter-rater reliability (kappa)
Discharge diagnosis 4/89 4.5 (1.4-11.4) 0.79
Discharge medication list 30/84 35.7 (26.3-46.4) 0.94
Medication change(s) 23/78 29.5 (20.5-40.4) 0.75
Reason for medication change(s) 26/69 37.7 (27.2-49.5) 0.79
Clinical course in hospital 12/90 13.3 (7.6-22.0) 0.63
Result of relevant investigations 7/87 8.0 (3.7-15.9) 0.46
Follow-up instructions for family physicians 15/84 17.9 (11.0-27.5) 0.83

Abbreviations: 95 % CI, 95 % confidence interval.

*Note that some discharge summaries are excluded in the denominator, either because the given item was not relevant to the patient’s stay in hospital, or because information for a given item (e.g., discharge medication list) was simply missing, since accuracy could only be assessed if information was present (and relevant to the hospital stay).

Legault et al.

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

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