Visiting nurses’ posthospital medication management in home health care: an ethnographic study

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The complexity of medication management in home health care is growing, partly because of an increasingly aged population with chronic health conditions, partly because of innovative treatment possibilities and more specialised and accelerated hospital treatment plans 1. Consequently, many patients are discharged with complex medication regimen instructions 4, leading to the severe risk of medication errors, potentially causing readmission, adverse drug events and the need for further health care 5. This study explored visiting nurses’ medication management following the patients’ discharge from hospital and identified key elements in patient medication.
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