Hospitalized patients don’t know their meds

By  |  December 10, 2009 | 

In this single-institutional cross-sectional analysis of 50 cognitively aware general medical inpatients, a mean of 6.8 medications were omitted from the patient’s understanding of their inpatient medication record (a mean of 5.2 scheduled meds and 1.6 prn meds). Overall 60% of total meds were omitted by the patient, and 44% of patients thought they were receiving a medication that they were not. Patient centered care, with transparent medication reconciliation and administration, needs to be prioritized to reduce medication errors (abstract).

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About the Author: Danielle Scheurer

Danielle Scheurer
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.

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