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Patient Satisfaction 

Patient Satisfaction
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Patient Satisfaction
Author(s):

Dmitri Souzdalnitski

, Richard W. Hohan

, Carmen V. Natale

, and Beth Minzter

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199349302.003.0028
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date: 17 August 2019

Abstract: This chapter discusses criteria for discharge from the hospital from the pain perspective. Chronic conditions, chronic opiate therapy, and polypharmacy—conditions commonly encountered in patients with chronic pain—are all predictors of readmission, medication errors, adverse reactions, and even death. Special attention must be paid while discharging a patient with chronic pain, keeping in mind that resolution of the chronic pain complaints may not be possible during hospitalization and should not be a criterion for discharge. Detailed discharge instructions, including relevant prescriptions and explanations on how to adjust the opioid regimen after discharge from the hospital, and an appropriate follow-up appointment with the patients’ chronic pain physician should be provided prior to discharge to reduce adverse events and decrease the chance of readmission.

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