Discharge Planning as a Quotidian Ethical Issue Impacting Patients, Families and Healthcare Practitioners

Discharge planning or transitions-in-care planning does not have a high profile yet it is a frequent daily activity filled with many distressing ethical challenges. These challenges extend from the bedside, to boardrooms and to legislative levels. While it is not a high profile ethical activity it has a significant and lasting impact on people in need of care, their families, practitioners and healthcare.