Extending pharmacy services to the point of discharge

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dc.contributor.author Butler, Eamonn
dc.contributor.author Collins, C.
dc.contributor.author McCarthy, Suzanne
dc.date.accessioned 2021-03-01T12:06:19Z
dc.date.available 2021-03-01T12:06:19Z
dc.date.issued 2021-01
dc.identifier.citation Butler, E., Collins, C. and McCarthy, S. (2021) 'Extending pharmacy services to the point of discharge', Irish Medical Journal, 114(1), P235 (9pp). Available at: http://www.imj.ie/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Extending-Pharmacy-Services-to-the-Point-of-Discharge.pdf (Accessed: 1 March 2021) en
dc.identifier.volume 114 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 9 en
dc.identifier.issn 0332-3102
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/11113
dc.description.abstract Aim: The aim of this study was to determine the impact of introducing a clinical pharmacist led discharge service on medication safety at the point of discharge and its acceptability to healthcare staff. Methods: A retrospective chart review to identify medication discrepancies was undertaken before and after the introduction of a pharmacist led discharge service. An evaluation was undertaken by means of a questionnaire to community pharmacists, GPs and hospital clinicians. Results: The pharmacist led discharge service significantly reduced errors from 50% (n=17) to 7% (n=2) of patients (p<0.001) and 10% (n=22) to 1% (n=2) of medication orders (p=0.001). The evaluation revealed that the majority of clinicians found the service useful, had the potential to reduce errors and improve communication. Conclusion: Pharmacist involvement at the point of discharge had a significant impact on medication safety. Crucially, in this project, we show the service was received well by medical personnel and improved communication between primary and secondary care, enhancing implementation potential. en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Irish Medical Organisation en
dc.relation.uri https://imj.ie/irish-medical-journal-january-2021-vol-114-no-1/
dc.rights © 2021, Irish Medical Journal. All rights reserved. en
dc.subject Pharmacy en
dc.subject Point of discharge en
dc.subject Medication reconciliation en
dc.subject Medication error en
dc.subject Safety en
dc.title Extending pharmacy services to the point of discharge en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Suzanne McCarthy, Pharmacy, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. T: +353-21- 490-3000 E: s.mccarthy@ucc.ie en
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dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Irish Medical Journal en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress s.mccarthy@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid P235 en


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