TITLE

Don't forget patient literacy when evaluating med reconciliation process in outpatient surgery

PUB. DATE
January 2008
SOURCE
Same-Day Surgery;Jan2008, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Staff education and form redesign are common approaches to improving medication reconciliation, but a new study demonstrates that even if you collect information from patients, it may not always be accurate. • Patients with inadequate health literacy levels were less likely to be able to provide names of their medications than patients with a higher literacy level. Only 40.5% of patients with inadequate health literacy were able to name any of their medications, compared to 68.3% of patients with adequate health literacy. • When lists of medications were compared to medical records, 64.9% of patients with inadequate and 37.8% of patients with adequate literacy had identified medications that were not listed in the medical record.
ACCESSION #
28160486

 

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