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Getting information across the acute medicine and primary care interface – steps in the right direction

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In the acute care pathway, patients often need to move from home to hospital and for the majority, back again. This movement across care interfaces ensures that assessments and interventions are delivered to reduce risk of harm and enhance recovery. However, information needs to move across interfaces too, which enables the clinician taking over care to understand the problem, what has been done and what remains to be done. This is as important for the journey into hospital as it is for the journey home again and is highlighted in the forthcoming NICE guidance on Emergency and
Acute Medical Care.

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