Clinical Pharmacist Intervention Can Reduce ED Visits and Hospital Readmissions Interview with:
Lene Vestergaard Ravn-Nielsen, MSc(Pharm) Hospital Pharmacy of Funen Clinical Pharmacy Department Odense University Hospital Odense, Denmark
Lene Vestergaard RavnNielsenMSc(Pharm)
Hospital Pharmacy of Funen
Clinical Pharmacy Department
Odense University Hospital
Odense, Denmark What is the background for this study?

Response: Hospital readmissions are common among patients receiving multiple medication, with considerable costs to the patients and society. What are the main findings? 

Response: A multifaceted clinical pharmacist intervention can reduce ED visits and hospital readmissions. What should readers take away from your report?

 Response: A multifaceted intervention based on medication review, motivational interview post discharge and follow-up for hospitalized patients with polypharmacy can reduce the short- and long-term rates of readmissions. What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

Response: Future studies might be able to more accurately identify those patients at high risk of drug-related problems, allowing for a more focused intervention. Seeing our results verified in other settings for instance surgical patients would be desirable. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Response: Hopefully the results can inspire people all over the world.

Disclosures:  Please see the article.


 Ravn-Nielsen LV, Duckert M, Lund ML, Henriksen JP, Nielsen ML, Eriksen CS, Buck TC, Pottegård A, Hansen MR, Hallas J. Effect of an In-Hospital Multifaceted Clinical Pharmacist Intervention on the Risk of ReadmissionA Randomized Clinical TrialJAMA Intern Med. Published online January 29, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.8274 

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