Afwerkmandaat (3 maanden): Medication review, compliance and drug related problems in pregnant women.

Project Details

Description

To explore drug related problems a community pharmacist encounters when a patient is discharged from hospital. The study also investigates which information from the hospital reaches the community pharmacy. METHODS: A validated survey was presented, by community pharmacists, to patients or their family after hospital discharge, between the 1st of December 2007 and the 29th of February 2008. The survey contained questions on 4 items: patient characteristics--discharge medication--information received from the hospital--drug related problems and pharmacists interventions. Analyses were done with SPSS 16.0. MAIN RESULTS: 82 community pharmacists participated. 261 patients were included. Only 25% of the patients collected their medication from the pharmacy themselves. On discharge, patients on average received two additional drugs, compared to the pre-hospital situation. 69% received a medication chart, but less than half of them brought this chart along when visiting the pharmacy. Only 9% got computer-generated prescriptions from the hospital and <3% received a letter of referral addressed to their pharmacist. In 33% of the cases the pharmacists noticed one or more problems concerning the medication prescribed after hospital discharge. The chance to detect a problem increased significantly when the chart was brought to the pharmacy (p=0.033). In case of observed problems, the community pharmacist succeeded to reach the treating specialist by phone in less than one third of those cases. CONCLUSION: The results foster the discussion on the need for a better seamless care and the role clinical and community pharmacists could play in this care model.
AcronymOZR2218
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date7/06/1131/12/11

Keywords

  • Drug Analysis
  • Chemometrics
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chromatography
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Food Analysis

Flemish discipline codes

  • Pharmaceutical sciences
  • Chemical sciences