General practitioners' attitudes to computer-generated surgical discharge letters. Members of the Department of General Surgery, Fremantle Hospital

Med J Aust. 1992 Sep 21;157(6):380-2. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.1992.tb137245.x.


Objective: To assess general practitioners' attitudes to a computed-generated general surgical discharge letter. To identify the six most important items of information in an ideal discharge letter.

Design: One hundred and thirty general practitioners who had received at least six computer-generated surgical discharge letters in one year were circulated with a questionnaire.

Results: Most general practitioners approved of the computer-generated discharge letter which included all six of the most important items of information they requested. Eighty-four per cent wished to see a similar computer-generated discharge system extended into other areas of hospital practice.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Correspondence as Topic*
  • Humans
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized*
  • Patient Discharge*
  • Physicians, Family*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires