Pharmacy intervention after discharge cuts readmissions

Pharmacists could cut preventable hospital readmissions by keeping in touch with discharged patients to ensure medication adherence, according to research presented at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy 2015 Global Conference, Medscape reports. Researchers, led by Amy Drew of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, regularly contacted 248 patients discharged to two outpatient clinics to confirm they understood how to use any medications they had been prescribed, as well as making no contact with a control group. They found 58.1 percent of patients in the counseling group saw a healthcare provider within the two weeks after their discharge, compared to 80.7 percent in the control group. Article