discharge 1


1. to set free or liberate.
2. to release from a health care setting.
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Within 48 hours of the discharge, investigators contacted the primary family caregivers (family member or friend) and staff nurse assigned to the patient on the day of discharge to ask, "When were you first notified of the discharge date for your family member/friend/patient?" In addition, continuity of care was assessed with a single question asked of the nurses, "Is the discharge date the first day you cared for the patient?" Responses were coded 0 if family caregiver and nurses responded that they were notified of discharge on the date of discharge, 1 if they knew about the discharge 1 day prior to date of discharge, 2 if they knew about the discharge 2 days prior to date of discharge, and so forth.