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June 23, 2020 Europe Publication

Adult patient perspectives on receiving hospital discharge letters: a corpus analysis of patient interviews

UK government guidelines and initiatives emphasise equity in delivery of care, shared decision-making, and patient-centred care. This includes sharing information with patients as partners in health decisions and empowering them to manage their health effectively. In the UK, general practitioners (GPs) routinely receive hospital discharge letters; while patients receiving copies of such letters is seen as “good practice” and recommended, it is not standardised. Most patients value receiving copies of hospital discharge letters, and should be consistently offered them.