Table 4

Desirable features included on ED pre-formatted instruction sheets

Desirable featuresPublic ED (n=26)Private ED (n=4)Total (n=30)
Percentages shown in parentheses.
Patient's name20 (76.9)3 (75.0)23 (76.7)
Advice on the use of the instruction sheet13 (50.0)3 (75.0)16 (53.3)
Names(s) of the treating ED doctor(s)14 (53.9)4 (100)18 (60.0)
Diagnosis18 (69.2)4 (100)22 (73.3)
Expected course of the illness14 (53.9)4 (100)18 (60.0)
Potential complications of the illness17 (65.4)4 (100)21 (70.0)
Indications for returning to the ED21 (80.1)4 (100)25 (83.3)
General treatment instructions22 (84.6)3 (75.0)25 (83.3)
New medication instructions12 (46.2)1 (25.0)13 (43.3)
Usual medication instructions7 (26.9)0 (0)7 (23.3)
Name of person to review illness12 (46.2)2 (50.0)14 (46.7)
Timing for review of illness12 (46.2)3 (75.0)15 (50.0)
Signature of person providing instruction sheet15 (57.7)3 (75.0)18 (60.0)
Statement of understanding of instruction sheet1 (3.9)0 (0)1 (3.3)
Signature of person receiving instruction sheet2 (7.7)0 (0)2 (6.7)
Date and time11 (42.3)1 (25.0)12 (40.0)