Author Contributions: Dr Kripalani had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Study concept and design: Kripalani, Phillips, Williams, Basaviah, Baker.
Acquisition of data: Kripalani, LeFevre, Phillips, Basaviah.
Analysis and interpretation of data: Kripalani, LeFevre, Phillips, Basaviah, Baker.
Drafting of the manuscript: Kripalani, LeFevre, Phillips.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Kripalani, LeFevre, Phillips, Williams, Basaviah, Baker.
Obtained funding: Kripalani.
Administrative, technical, or material support: LeFevre, Phillips, Williams, Basaviah.
Study supervision: Kripalani, Baker.
Financial Disclosures: None reported.
Funding/Support: The authors are members of the Continuity of Care Task Force, appointed by the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM). Dr Kripalani is supported by a K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (HL077597) and previously received funding through the Emory Mentored Clinical Research Scholars Program (K12 RR017643). Dr Phillips received funding in part through a National Research Service Award–Health Resources and Services Administration fellowship training grant (2-T32-PE10025).
Role of the Sponsors: The funding organizations and professional societies had no input in the design and conduct of the study; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of the data; or in the preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript.
Previous Presentation: Results of this systematic review were presented in part at the 2004 national SHM (April 20-21, 2004, in New Orleans, La) and SGIM (May 12-15, 2004, Chicago, Ill) meetings.