Case study from The handbook

Ten-point discharge checklist, University College London Partners

5 September, 2018

In 2015, the University College London Partners, working with St Bartholomew’s Hospital, set up the Heart Failure Improvement Collaborative.

The Collaborative developed a checklist of elements of high-quality discharge summaries. Though not exhaustive, the list was considered to meet the needs of clinicians, people with heart failure and their carers. It can support the audit of discharge summaries and ultimately improve performance. The Collaborative has demonstrated improvements in services following use of the checklist.

Links, references, and key reading

Bodagh N, Farooqi F. 2017. Improving the quality of heart failure discharge summaries. Br J Cardiol 24: 75-78

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