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Nursing issues
Patients need more than just verbal instructions upon discharge from the emergency department
  1. Yuan Chen1,
  2. Yijing Shen1,
  3. Yuting Zhu1,
  4. Yiwen Gao1,
  5. Dandan Zhao1,
  6. Lijuan XI1,
  7. Shuang Li1,
  8. Jiayu Liu1,
  9. Yiyung Yang1,
  10. Jiling Qu1,
  11. Jingwen Qin1,
  12. Amanda J Lee2
  1. 1 MSC Nursing, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou, Jiangsu, China
  2. 2 Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull, Hull, Humberside, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Amanda J Lee, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull Faculty of Health and Social Care, Hull HU67RX, UK; A.J.Lee{at}

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Commentary on: Hoek AE, Anker SCP, van Beeck EF, et al. Patient discharge instructions in the emergency department and their effects on comprehension and recall of discharge instructions: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Emerg Med 2019;1–10.

Implications for practice and research

  • Clinicians need to offer written and video formatted information as adjunct to verbal instructions on discharge from emergency departments.

  • Further research is required to identify best practices in discharge management and information sharing with patients.


Patient discharge instructions are important tasks for healthcare professionals in emergency departments (EDs).1 Yet patients’ understanding and recall of their ED discharge instructions is limited.2This systematic review with meta-analysis evaluated the use and efficacy of discharge instructions in the ED.3


The study provided …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.