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Lost in Transition: Challenges and Opportunities for Improving the Quality of Transitional Care

Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH; and Robert A. Berenson, MD
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From University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Aurora, Colorado, and The Urban Institute Health Policy Center, Washington, DC.

Grant Support: By Paul Beeson Faculty Scholars in Aging Research/American Federation for Aging Research.

Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.

Requests for Single Reprints: Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH, Divisions of Health Care Policy and Research and Geriatric Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 13611 East Colfax, Suite 100, Aurora, CO 80011; e-mail, Eric.Coleman@uchsc.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Coleman: Divisions of Health Care Policy and Research and Geriatric Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 13611 East Colfax, Suite 100, Aurora, CO 80011.

Dr. Berenson: The Urban Institute Health Policy Center, 2100 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20037.

Ann Intern Med. 2004;141(7):533-536. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-141-7-200410050-00009
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As national awareness of medical errors and quality deficiencies that occur within particular care settings continues to rise (1), an expanding evidence base points to similar problems that occur during care transitions. Transitional care has been defined as a set of actions designed to ensure the coordination and continuity of health care as patients transfer between different locations or different levels of care in the same location (2).

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