Pharmacist-led medication reconciliation after hospital discharge

Added May 5, 2020

Citation: McNab D, Bowie P, Ross A, et al. Systematic review and meta-analysis of the effectiveness of pharmacist-led medication reconciliation in the community after hospital discharge. BMJ Quality & Safety 2018; 27: 308–20

What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a strain on health systems and healthcare workers. Existing research on how pharmacists might help with the communication of medication information and reconciliation following a person’s discharge from hospital may provide information to help policy makers with this.

What works: Community based pharmacists can identify and resolve discrepancies when completing medication reconciliation after hospital discharge.

What doesn’t work: Nothing noted.

What’s uncertain: Whether medication reconciliation interventions by pharmacists reduces workload is uncertain.

The effects of medication reconciliation interventions by pharmacists on hospital readmission rate, emergency department attendance and primary care workload are uncertain.

 

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