research briefsResearch on Transitional Care From Hospital to HomeTRACHTENBERG, MELISSA BA; RYVICKER, MIRIAM PhD Author Information Melissa Trachtenberg, BA, is a Research Analyst at the Center for Home Care Policy and Research at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, New York, New York. Miriam Ryvicker, PhD, is a Research Associate at the Center for Home Care Policy and Research at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, New York, New York. The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Address for correspondence: Margaret V. McDonald, Center for Home Care Policy and Research, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, 5 Penn Plaza, 14th floor, New York, NY 10001 ([email protected]). Home Healthcare Nurse: The Journal for the Home Care and Hospice Professional 29(10):p 645-651, November 2011. | DOI: 10.1097/NHH.0b013e318234175d Buy Metrics Abstract Concern over the human and financial costs of healthcare "silos" and poorly coordinated care has been growing, fueled by data on risky patient "handoffs," repeat hospitalizations, and avoidable emergency department visits. More than 20% of patients experience an adverse clinical event within 30 days of the discharge from a hospital (Forster et al., 2004). This column features research and review articles focused on the issue of "handoffs" and transitional care. The investigators of the 1st article described studied communication and information transfer deficits between hospitalists and primary care physicians. The 2nd article presents findings of a systematic hospital-based intervention geared toward improving discharge experiences. The 3rd article describes another hospital-based initiative. This reengineered discharge intervention uses nurse discharge advocates as one component of a strategy to help patients understand, develop, and implement their discharge plans. The final article profiled in this column presents findings of a systematic literature review of randomized clinical trials that aimed to improve transitional care for chronically ill adults and opportunities to promote more widespread use of evidence-based programs through initiatives sponsored by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Interested readers are encouraged to read the articles for full information about the interventions and review findings. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.