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Bottom Line 1
This study tells us what we might already suspect: in the busy, hectic and loud Emergency Department, patients we discharge often lack comprehension of their hospital course. Additionally, they are frequently unable to report their diagnosis, a discharge plan or reasons they should return to the ED.