Regional transfer; How much do patients know?

The transfer of patients with acute cardiac conditions to tertiary centres for clinical care is not associated with a system that returns patients to their home district health board (DHB) following care. Uncertainty about return transport can contribute to patient anxiety at an already stressful time. We examined patients understanding of transport arrangements before and after introduction of a pamphlet explaining transport options.

C. Mercier, G. Aldrich
Capital and Coast District Health Board, Lower Hutt
Heart, Lung and Circulation – Volume 23, Supplement 1, e1-e48
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