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Gaps found in communication with hospitalized patients
San Francisco Chronicle

In a surprising report from the Archives of Internal Medicine, we learn that most hospitalized patients (82%) could not accurately name the physician responsible for their care and almost half of the patients did not even know their diagnosis or why they were admitted. If that isn’t enough, when the researchers queried the physicians, 67% thought the patients knew their name and 77% of doctors thought the patients “understood their diagnoses at least somewhat well”. I would call that a pretty significant communication gap!

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