Inadequate communication between doctors and home health providers unnecessarily puts elderly patients at risk, a new study has found.

At the heart of this problem are lack of access to physician information for home health workers, challenges home providers face when seeking to order new services, lack of accountability among physicians, and poor transitions between hospitalists and patients’ primary care doctors.

Learn more about these challenges and ways to address them in the study “’Connecting the Dots’: A Qualitative Study of Home Health Nurse Perspectives on Coordinating Care for Recently Discharged Patients,” which can be found here, in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.