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AHRQ Shares Resources to Improve Discharge, Reduce Readmissions

The Association for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has shared two no-cost resources to aid hospital leaders in improving the discharge planning process and reducing avoidable readmissions.

The Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit outlines 12 steps that hospitals across the country have used to successfully reduce unnecessary readmissions through research-based interventions.

Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital (Cómo cuidarme: Guia para cuando salga del hospital) can be used by nurses and discharge planners to help patients care for themselves after their hospital stay. This free booklet (publication #AHRQ 10-0059) comes in a bilingual flipbook format (English/Spanish), and hospitals can order up to 500 copies of the guide at no charge.

Contact the AHRQ Clearinghouse at 1.800.358.9295 or and reference “CODE 44” to receive free shipping. The resources are available only while supplies last.


About the Author

Emily Schweich is a communications manager at America's Essential Hospitals.

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