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8 Tips for Reducing Readmissions Through Better Transitions of Care

8 Tips for Reducing Readmissions Through Better Transitions of Care

This article published by Becker’s Hospital Review (http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/quality/8-tips-for-reducing-readmissions-through-better-transitions-of-care.html) provides eight useful tips for improving patient care during the 30-day post-discharge period. Tip 4 suggest prescribing discharge medications with a practical viewpoint. It notes that picking the right meds is not only a clinical issue, but should also take into account the practical realities of a patient life: for example, financial ability, insurance, patient compliance and comprehension, family support, and patient preference. “Prioritizing medications based on likelihood to impact care is the goal. Experience has shown that physicians can supervise the process but rarely have the time or inclination to review the list with patients or investigate the issues. Optimally, a pharmacist should be involved in patient education.”

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