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Authors

  1. Hansen, Helen E. PhD, RN, CNAA
  2. Bull, Margaret J. PhD, RN, FAAN
  3. Gross, Cynthia R. PhD

Abstract

The effects of personal characteristics and perceptions of interdisciplinary collaboration on discharge planning communication were examined for nurses, physicians, and social workers in two hospitals. The model for the study explained 61.7% of the variance in discharge planning communication for nurses. For all 142 health professionals, communication openness with social workers, problem solving between nurses and physicians, and collaboration with social workers were important to discharge planning communication. For nurses, communication satisfaction with patients and families also was important.