Designing an Outpatient Discharge Medication Service
November 2013 - Vol. 10 No. 11 - Page #26

Transitions in care, especially at hospital discharge, can be stressful experiences for hospitalized patients, particularly when complex medication and therapy regimens are involved. While hospitalized, patients have their medication management needs handled by providers, nurses, and pharmacists, but upon discharge, many patients and their caregivers are left unprepared for this new, self-directed medication management. In addition, at discharge, patients and caregivers often receive a significant amount of information that is confusing or incomplete and they have little time (or may not be in a proper state of mind) to ask questions or seek clarification. 

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