Malpractice fears hurt communication

June 10, 2011

Communication between hospital emergency departments and the doctors who provide the care is insufficient, according to new data.

Communication between hospital emergency departments (EDs) and the doctors who provide the care is insufficient, according to a study conducted by the Center for Studying Health System Change for the National Institute for Health Care Reform.

The result, the study's authors conclude, is compromised patient care. It's a problem for which no simple solutions are evident.

The researchers conducted 42 phone interviews with 21 pairs of ED physicians and primary care physicians, case-matched so that the perspectives of both specialties were represented.