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J Clin Pharm Ther. 2000 Oct;25(5):385-93.

Ensuring seamless care at hospital discharge: a national survey.

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  • 1Royal Liverpool University Hospital, UK. jsexton@rluh-tr.nwest.nhs.uk

Abstract

AIM:

To identify the services that hospital pharmacies were providing in 1999 to facilitate seamless care upon patient discharge.

DESIGN:

Postal questionnaire containing closed and open questions.

SUBJECTS AND SETTING:

U.K. Trust hospitals. Questionnaire addressed to Chief Pharmacists to be completed by themselves or most appropriate deputy, then returned anonymously in prepaid envelope.

RESULTS:

The response rate was 73.4% (163/222). 71.2% of responses came from general hospitals and 23.3% from teaching hospitals. Junior medical staff members were responsible for preparing virtually all discharge prescriptions, which were checked against the ward prescription chart by pharmacists in three-quarters of U.K. Trusts. Hospitals used a wide variety of methods to communicate information about medicine regimens to GPs. There was also wide variation in the provision of discharge counselling, telephone 'help-lines' and clear medication records to patients. Few hospitals involved community pharmacies routinely in the discharge process.

CONCLUSION:

There is still wide variation within hospital pharmacy practice in meeting the medicines-related needs of patients at discharge.

PMID:
11123491
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