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When doctors don’t talk to each other

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Allison Bond, M.D., a resident in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses what happens when there’s confusion between teams of doctors who share patients in the hospital or clinic.

As she notes, “Miscommunication between a patient’s physicians is a major contributor to treatment and diagnostic mistakes. And too often, doctors who care for a patient in the hospital fail to communicate at discharge with the patient’s primary care provider, sowing confusion about what happened in the hospital and the plan moving forward.”

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