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  1. Anthony, Mary K. PhD, RN
  2. Hudson-Barr, Diane C. PhD, RN


The need for effective discharge planning by nurses has become more urgent and complex in light of recent healthcare initiatives. In response to better understanding discharge planning, four focus groups were held to describe a comprehensive framework of factors needed for effective discharge that are relevant to multiple nursing specialties across practice sites. Through content analysis, four themes-common across sites and specialties-were identified as important to discharge.