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One study of patients & caregivers reported low rates of health literacy (44% & 24%, respectively), further highlighting the importance of a smooth transition of care from medical providers. They identified three specific outcomes as necessary for safe & manageable care transitions: feeling cared for & cared about during the care transition; relying on unambiguous accountability from the health care system, including an understanding of which physician was responsible for overseeing care; & feeling prepared to execute the care plan upon discharge.

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