There has been a proliferation of initiatives to improve discharge processes and outcomes for the transition from hospital to home and community-based care. Operationalization of these processes has varied widely as hospitals have customized discharge care into innovative roles and functions. This article presents a model for conceptualizing the components of hospital discharge preparation to ensure attention to the full range of processes needed for a comprehensive strategy for hospital discharge.
Author Affiliations: Professor (Dr Weiss), Associate Professor (Drs Bobay and Hughes) and PhD Student (Ms Bahr), College of Nursing, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Assistant Professor (Dr Costa), School of Nursing, University of Maryland, Baltimore; and Clinical Nurse Researcher, Department of Nursing, and Associate Professor of Nursing, College of Medicine (Dr Holland), Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Correspondence: Dr Weiss, Marquette University College of Nursing, PO Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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