Nurse Identified Hospital to Home Medication Discrepancies: Implications for Improving Transitional Care


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Abstract

Care transitions are clinically dangerous times, particularly for older adults with complex health problems. This article describes the most common medication discrepancies identified by nurses during patients' (n = 101) hospital to home transition. Findings indicated that medication discrepancies were astoundingly widespread, with 94% of the participants having at least 1 discrepancy. The average number of medication discrepancies identified was 3.3 per participant. Medication discrepancies were identified in virtually all classes of medications, including those with high safety risks. Evidence-based best practices to reduce transition-related medication discrepancies are presented.

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