Supportive Culture Essential to Re-Engineered Discharge Implementation, Study Finds
A supportive hospital culture is essential for successful implementation of AHRQ’s Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) toolkit, while a flexible strategy can be used to implement RED and reduce avoidable readmissions, according to a new study. RED is a proven hospital discharge planning method that consists of 12 components, including medication reconciliation and making sure patients have scheduled follow-up primary care visits. The study describes the RED Toolkit, implementation challenges hospitals face and ways these barriers can be mitigated. Researchers recruited 10 hospitals to implement RED and provided training for participating hospital leaders and staff using the RED Toolkit. They identified common challenges and found that implementation of RED varied widely and that engaged leadership and multidisciplinary teams were keys to success. The article and abstract, “How Hospitals Reengineer Their Discharge Processes To Reduce Readmissions,” appeared in the May 13 issue of the Journal for Healthcare Quality.
J Healthc Qual. 2015 May 13. [Epub ahead of print]
How Hospitals Reengineer Their Discharge Processes to Reduce Readmissions.
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