Medical students and residents often have difficulty with discharge planning and determining appropriate post-hospitalization level of care. As the discharge planning process can be complex, physicians in-training often do not engage until late into the hospitalization or near day of discharge. This paper offers a simple pyramid construct that categorizes common discharge needs into 4 areas or tiers. As the topic of discharge planning is not formally taught in medical education, most trainees learn through experience and by trial and error. Using a simple pyramid and a basic flow chart to guide students and residents, the discharge planning process can be introduced as soon as possible during the hospitalization.
"Pyramid of Discharge Needs: A Simple Framework on Discharge Planning for Medical Students and Residents,"
Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives: Vol. 13:
3, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarlycommons.gbmc.org/jchimp/vol13/iss3/2