MedicalResearch.com: 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.
MedicalResearch.com: What are the main findings?
Response: A multifaceted clinical pharmacist intervention can reduce ED visits and hospital readmissions.
MedicalResearch.com: 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.
MedicalResearch.com: 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.
MedicalResearch.com: 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 Trial. JAMA Intern Med. Published online January 29, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.8274
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