Who Should Be Admitted? Who Can Be Discharged? What Should Be Included in the Discharge Planning?

  • Basil Z. Khalaf
  • Kimberly A. ChambersEmail author


Disposition for patients with abdominal pain can be a high-risk decision. For some diagnoses, scoring systems and clinical guidelines provide guidance by assessing a patient’s illness severity and predicting prognosis. These can guide clinicians toward admission or discharge. For those who are stable for outpatient management, discharge instructions should contain disease-specific return precautions when possible.


Abdominal pain Disposition Discharge Clinical scoring systems Discharge instructions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Emergency MedicineMcGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)HoustonUSA

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