"Transitional Care Medicine," is a medical specialty that focuses on the care of patients during transitions between different healthcare settings or levels of care.
Transitional care medicine is particularly important for patients who are at high risk for hospital readmission or complications following discharge, such as elderly individuals or those with chronic medical conditions. The goal of transitional care medicine is to ensure a smooth and safe transition from hospital to home or from one healthcare setting to another, and to prevent complications and adverse events.
Transitional care medicine involves a multidisciplinary approach that may include physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals. It may involve a range of interventions, such as medication management, patient education, home visits, and coordination of care between different healthcare providers.
Overall, transitional care medicine plays a critical role in improving patient outcomes and reducing healthcare costs by promoting continuity of care and preventing hospital readmissions and other adverse events.