Letter to the Editor
Discharge against Medical Advice
AbstractTo the Editor: Discharge against medical advice (AMA) is a process by which a patient chooses to leave the hospital before a physician’s recommended discharge. Leaving AMA may expose a patient to the risk of an inadequately treated medical problem and possible readmission. Patients discharged AMA are at elevated risk in terms of morbidity and mortality.1 Understanding why patients choose to leave the hospital AMA is important to identify so that we can intervene earlier to prevent this from happening.
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