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Br J Gen Pract. 1998 April; 48(429): 1163–1164.
PMCID: PMC1410048

Evaluation of a computer-generated discharge summary for patients with acute coronary syndromes.


The discharge summary from hospital to community physician contributes importantly to patient management, but deficiencies in its preparation are well documented. We sought to determine the preferences of general practitioners for standard dictated or computer-generated discharge summaries for patients with acute coronary syndromes. The majority (68.5%) of GPs preferred the computerized summary and particularly liked its comprehensive content, concise style, ease of access to relevant information, clarity and ease of reading. Most (66.9%) thought the computer-generated summary provided the clearer management plan and 70.8% recommended its use for other specialities. In addition, its speed of generation enables GPs to receive a summary within seven days of patient discharge.

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