Follow-up contact means more satisfied ED patients
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted March 11, 2013
Physicians who contact emergency department patients by phone or email within three days get higher patient satisfaction scores, says a study posted online Feb. 27 in Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Forty-two emergency physicians at two community EDs took turns contacting or not contacting their patients during a two-month period. When the physicians followed up with 348 patients to check on their status after discharge, they got an average satisfaction score of 87.7%. When the physicians took the usual course of not contacting an additional 1,002 ED patients, their average score was 79.4%.
Higher scores not only mean more satisfied patients, but better patient compliance with ED instructions and reduced medical liability risk, said the study (link).