Managing patients' medicines after discharge from hospital

Care Quality Commission
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This study looked at what was being done to ensure the safety of patients who had been discharged from hospital with a change of medication. The report sets out the findings from visits to 12 primary care trusts (PCTs) – including a survey of their GP practices, analysis of national datasets, and research exploring the experience of patients. The study found that in general, there were good systems in place to ensure the safety of repeat prescribing, and to ensure that reviews of medication for high-risk patients took place after their discharge from hospital. However, concerns were raised about the medicines management process that occurs between general practices and hospitals. The report sets out a number of recommendations for PCT's, acute trusts and other organisations. A self-assessment tool was also developed from the research.

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medication, patients, hospital discharge, primary care trusts, access to information, drug prescription, general practitioners;
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United Kingdom
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