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Aging Q3 Curriculum to Improve Discharge Summary Quality


Aging Q3 Curriculum to Improve Discharge Summary Quality

Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
William Moran, MS, Neal Axon, MS
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
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Using the Assessing Care of Vulnerable Elders (or ACOVE) paradigm and the principles of Academic Detailing, Aging Q3 is developing curricula on 16 different topics for teaching residents about providing quality care to elderly patients. Aging Q3 uses a sequence of multiple interventions where residents learn and experience the practice of Geriatrics in the clinical setting with limited interruption to the process of patient care. Each ACOVE is featured for 3 months. The curriculum includes a resident lecture during one of the residents' scheduled noon conferences, a handout used by the faculty to detail the resident on the issue during precepting or rounds, a poster which is displayed strategically in resident areas of the hospital and clinic, and observed demonstration and assessment of a defined skill. Residents are "cued" to address the featured issue with their elder patients by a "Blue Sheet" which contains a few brief questions on the ACOVE topic that the Patient Care Technician or Nurse have discussed with the patient during intake. Residents are assessed pre and post on knowledge, skill, and attitude by a Survey Monkey questionnaire.

The Hospital Care and Transitions ACOVE is number 7 of 16 different curricula being developed in Aging Q3. In order to improve health care transitions and quality at hospital discharge, we developed a curriculum and grading instrument for hospital discharge summaries. All first year residents were given individualized feedback based on their own discharge summaries. In addition, we provided team-based feedback to intern and senior residents rotating on the General Internal Medicine inpatient service based on patients recently discharge from individual inpatient teams.

Educational objectives: 

1. Demonstrate the inclusion of necessary components of a high quality discharge summary.

2. Write an increased number of high quality discharge summaries.

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Dr. Neal Axon

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Dr. Neal Axon and Dr. William Moran. Aging Q3 Curriculum to Improve Discharge Summary Quality. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2012 Available from: