Skip Navigation Archive: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Archive: Agency for Healthcare Research Quality
Archival print banner

This information is for reference purposes only. It was current when produced and may now be outdated. Archive material is no longer maintained, and some links may not work. Persons with disabilities having difficulty accessing this information should contact us at: Let us know the nature of the problem, the Web address of what you want, and your contact information.

Please go to for current information.

Slide 19

Project RED: Re-Engineered Discharge (Staff Training)

Provides a four-module training program to help hospitals implement Project RED.

Re-Engineered Discharge Principles

  1. Comprehensive written discharge plan provided to patient prior to discharge.
  2. Discharge information in patient's language and literacy level.
  3. Reinforcement of plan with patient after discharge.
  4. Availability of case management staff outside of limited daytime hours.
  5. Continuous quality improvement of discharge processes.


"Before the patient leaves the hospital, he or she receives the Patient Care Plan, which is a complete self-care plan in the patient's language in terms the patient understands. Case management support is available beyond daytime hours from Monday through Friday to assist with a well-planned discharge. A few days after the patient is discharged, a member of the health care team reinforces the Patient Care Plan with a phone call. Ultimately, the discharge process is continuously improved and monitored for quality outcomes."

Page last reviewed August 2011
Internet Citation: Slide 19: Project RED: Re-Engineered Discharge (Staff Training). August 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


The information on this page is archived and provided for reference purposes only.


AHRQ Advancing Excellence in Health Care