A ward-based pharmacist intervention reduced emergency department visits and drug-related readmissions in elderly patients

Belknap, Steven M.; Gillespie, U.
September 2009
ACP Journal Club;9/22/2009, Vol. 151 Issue 3, p11
Academic Journal
The article presents the findings of a study on whether comprehensive pharmacist intervention reduces subsequent hospital visits by patients who are admitted to an acute internal medicine ward. During the study, the pharmacist reviewed each patient's drug therapy, discussed drug related problems with the health care team and counseled patients on drug changes. The study revealed that pharmacist intervention reduced overall hospital visits, emergency department visits and drug-related readmissions.


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