Drugs, distrust and dialogue: - a focus group study with Swedish GPs on discharge summary use in primary care

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BACKGROUND: Discharge summary with medication report effectively counteracts drug-related problems due to insufficient information transfer in care transitions. The benefits of the discharge summary may be lost if it is not adequately used, and factors affecting optimal use by the GP are of interest. Since the views of Swedish GPs are unexplored, this study aimed to explore and understand GPs experiences, perceptions and feelings regarding the use of the discharge summary with medication report.

METHOD: This qualitative study was based on four focus group discussion with 18 GPs and resident physicians in family medicine which were performed in 2016 and 2017. A semi-structured interview guide was used. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using qualitative content analysis.

RESULTS: The analysis resulted in three final main themes: "Importance of the discharge summary", "Role of the GP" and "Create dialogue" with six categories; "Benefits for the GP and perceived benefits for the patient", "GP use of the information", "Significance of different documents", "Spider in the web", "Terminus/End station" and "Improved information transfer in care transitions". Overall, the participants described clear benefits with the discharge summary when accurate although perceived deficiencies were also quite rife.

CONCLUSION: The GPs experiences and views of the discharge summary revealed clear benefits regarding mainly medication information, awareness of any plans as well as shared knowledge with the patient. However, perceived deficiencies of the discharge summary affected its use by the GP and enhanced communication was called for.


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  • Region Skåne
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  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
Original languageEnglish
Article number127
JournalBMC Family Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul 25
Publication categoryResearch