Failure to Follow Medication Changes Made at Hospital Discharge Associated with Adverse Events in 30 Days

A myriad of medication changes occur during inpatient care. Among nearly 2,700 patients in a study published in Health Services Research, who had a mean age of 69.5 years, almost half of them did not follow some or all changes made to their medications at hospital discharge. Patients who did not adhere to any medication changes had a 35 percent higher risk of an emergency room visit, readmission or death within 30 days of discharge. This study supports the need for timely medication reconciliation post-discharge, whether conducted in-person or through telehealth.

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