The importance of postdischarge telephone follow-up for hospitalists: a view from the trenches

Am J Med. 2001 Dec 21;111(9B):43S-44S. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9343(01)00970-6.


Hospitalist practice highlights the need for effective communication between doctors that share the care of a patient, and between doctors and patients. Telephone contact with patients after hospital discharge can enhance adherence, inform the hospitalist about the results of treatment or of adverse outcomes, and allow the hospitalist to receive feedback from the patient and family.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aftercare / organization & administration*
  • Continuity of Patient Care*
  • Female
  • Hospitalists / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Discharge
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Program Evaluation
  • Telephone
  • United States