Ethical Challenges in Discharge Planning: Stories from Patients


Medical Ethics, Narratives, Discharge Planning, Care Transitions, Communication, Shared-Decision Making, Quality of Care, Financial Incentives, Moral Distress, Dignity of Risk, Independent Living

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This symposium includes twelve personal narratives from patients and their caregivers who have navigated challenges in planning for discharge from the hospital and transition to care at home, a rehabilitation facility, long-term care facility, or hospice. Three commentaries on these narratives are also included, authored by experts and scholars in the fields of medicine, bioethics, and health policy with particular interest in vulnerable populations. The goal of this symposium is to call attention to the experiences of patients during transitions in care and to enrich discussions of ethical issues in discharge planning.