Were patients given information about what to do during their recovery at home?What It Means
Percentage of patients at each hospital who reported that YES, they were given information about what to do during their recovery at home. The survey asked patients about information they were given when they were ready to leave the hospital. Patients reported whether hospital staff had discussed the help they would need at home. Patients also reported whether they were given written information about symptoms or health problems to watch for during their recovery.
Why It Is Important
Research shows that information - specifically about what to do during their recovery at home - is an important element for patients in evaluating hospital quality and their hospital experience. Studies demonstrate that the discussion and provision of discharge instructions can improve patient health outcomes, as well.