After gaining the impression that our discharge summaries were too long for local general practitioners (GPs), we proposed to produce an abbreviated summary. We sent a questionnaire to a sample of GPs asking which aspects of the current summary were helpful.
Although many GPs considered the summary overly long, a majority considered all the items to be at least Very helpful’.
Although previous work on discharge summaries has indicated a demand for brief, focused reports it is important to establish local GP priorities before planning changes.
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