In this large retrospective cohort, researchers found that 16% of patients did not fill their script on the day of discharge, with a median delay of 3 days. Those with any delays had a significantly higher risk of death/MI (hazard ratio 1.5, CI 1.3-1.9). This study highlights the crucial importance of addressing post-discharge medication adherence before the time of discharge (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.