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A survey of information given to head-injured patients on direct discharge

Tue 01 May 2007

A study of the information provided to head-injured patients on discharge from emergency departments (EDs) in Scotland.

Abstract

AIM: To survey the information provided to head-injured patients on discharge from emergency departments (EDs) in Scotland. METHODS: EDs throughout Scotland were asked to supply a copy of their head injury advice pamphlet for analysis. Each pamphlet was assessed against a template and an Excel spreadsheet was created. RESULTS: All 30 (100%) Scottish EDs responded. The frequency with which specific features appeared varied widely, with most pamphlets concentrating on emergency features, with less emphasis on postconcussion symptoms. CONCLUSIONS: Head injury discharge advice should be standardised throughout EDs, with more emphasis given to postconcussion features.


Reference

Kerr, J., Swann, I. & Pentland, B. (2007) A survey of information given to head-injured patients on direct discharge from emergency departments in Scotland, Emergency Medicine Journal, 24: 330 - 332.

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