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After you leave the hospital, you may have questions about how to manage
your care in a new setting. It's important for you to understand your
situation—it may make you feel more confident and in control. Please ask
your health team if you have any questions or concerns that are not
addressed here. Your BIDMC team will continue to be available if you have
any questions or concerns.
How do I know if I need medical attention or if what I'm feeling is part of
If you believe you are having a medical emergency, call 911 immediately. If
you have concerns about your health that are not urgent, call your BIDMC
Every patient's recovery is slightly different and varies by condition.
Please see our
Tools and Resources
page for condition-specific information that may help you understand how
you are feeling.
Who should I contact if I'm not feeling well?
Please contact your primary care physician if you feel unwell. Based on
your condition and medical history, they can best advise you on how to
Will my hospital team contact my primary care provider about my hospital
Yes. However, you should also be in touch with your primary care provider
to discuss your recent hospitalization and to schedule your next
What resources are available if I find that I need help caring for myself
Appropriate types of home care or other post-hospital care will depend on
your condition and living situation. If you feel that you need help caring
for yourself at home, please contact your primary care physician or review
your discharge paperwork to contact your BIDMC health care team. Your
primary care physician or BIDMC team will work with you to make sure you
are comfortable outside the hospital.
Are there support groups for people who have the same condition as me, or
for their families and caregivers?
There might be. There are support groups available for various conditions.
Ask your health care providers about support groups at BIDMC or elsewhere
in your community. You may also be able to find information about support
My health care team and discharge paperwork use some terms I am not
familiar with. How can I find out what they mean?
Please visit the
Tools and Resources
page, which includes some Internet glossaries of common medical
abbreviations and acronyms that you may see or hear during the discharge