Ensuring continuity of quality patient care
The AMA last week released its Position Statement on General Practice/Hospitals Transfer of Care Arrangements 2013. This Position Statement outlines requirements for appropriate and effective transfer of care arrangements for GPs and hospitals, which are also applicable to other areas of the health system, including rehabilitation, residential aged care, and community care.
AMA President, Dr Steve Hambleton, said patients are relying more than ever on their GP to coordinate their care needs, particularly around the time of hospital admission and discharge. He added that continuity is a core element of quality health care.
"The key to continuity of care between GPs and hospitals is comprehensive, accurate, and timely two-way communication regarding admission, treatment, and the patient’s ongoing care needs," Dr Hambleton said.