'With hospital stays shorter than they used to be, patients may be sent home in frailer states. They may not understand instructions on how to take care of themselves and face unexpected medical problems after leaving the hospital. More than a third of patients don't get the lab tests, specialist referrals or follow-up care they need.'
Jessie Gruman, President and Founder of the Center for Advancing Health, in a series of posts about her recent experience with stomach cancer, shared her own hospital discharge experience:
'However, this brief discussion didn't prepare me for the transition from complete dependence to complete independence, to leave the hospital confident that I could care for myself.' And it would have done nothing to help mobilize patients and families who are less aware of the many demands of post-surgical care at home.'