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The Incidence and Severity of Adverse Events Affecting Patients after Discharge from the Hospital

Alan J. Forster, MD, FRCPC, MSc; Harvey J. Murff, MD; Josh F. Peterson, MD; Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH; and David W. Bates, MD, MSc
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From University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Grant Support: By an R. Samuel McLaughlin Fellowship (Dr. Forster).

Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest:Consultancies: D.W. Bates; Honoraria: D.W. Bates.

Requests for Single Reprints: David W. Bates, MD, MSc, Division of General Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, PBB-A3, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115; e-mail, dbates@partners.org.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Forster: University of Ottawa, F654-1053 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 4E9, Canada.

Drs. Murff, Peterson, Gandhi, and Bates: Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA 02115.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: A.J. Forster, T.K. Gandhi, D.W. Bates.

Analysis and interpretation of the data: A.J. Forster, H.J. Murff, J.F. Peterson, T.K. Gandhi, D.W. Bates.

Drafting of the article: A.J. Forster.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: A.J. Forster, H.J. Murff, T.K. Gandhi, D.W. Bates.

Final approval of the article: A.J. Forster, H.J. Murff, J.F. Peterson, T.K. Gandhi, D.W. Bates.

Provision of study materials or patients: A.J. Forster, D.W. Bates.

Statistical expertise: A.J. Forster, D.W. Bates.

Obtaining of funding: A.J. Forster.

Administrative, technical, or logistic support: A.J. Forster, D.W. Bates.

Collection and assembly of data: A.J. Forster.

Ann Intern Med. 2003;138(3):161-167. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-138-3-200302040-00007
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Six hundred seventy-seven patients were discharged home, and 581 were eligible for our study. Patients were excluded because they could not speak English (n = 47) or did not have a valid telephone number (n = 49). We were able to complete interviews for 400 eligible patients (response rate, 69%) (Table 1).

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Adverse Events after Hospital Discharge

The summary below is from the full report titled “The Incidence and Severity of Adverse Events Affecting Patients after Discharge from the Hospital.” It is in the 4 February 2003 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine (volume 138, pages 161-167). The authors are AJ Forster, HJ Murff, JF Peterson, TK Gandhi, and DW Bates.


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