1. Blenkinsopp A. Literature review. In: Alam MF, Blenkinsopp A, Cohen D, Davies P, Hodson K et al, eds. Evaluation of the Discharge Medicines Review Service. [Report submitted to Community Pharmacy Wales]. Wales: Universities of Cardiff, Bradford and South Wales, 2014. E. Mantzourania, H. Leggetta, K. Hodsona, C. Wayb aCardiff School ABT-737 price of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff, Wales, UK, bCardiff and Vale UHB, Cardiff, Wales, UK Aim: To identify the information required by a community pharmacist undertaking a Discharge Medicine Review (DMR) for a patient recently discharged from hospital A 53.7%
response rate (out of 709 registered pharmacies in Wales); results can be generalised to the whole of Wales Results indicate a need for improved access for community pharmacists to patient information after hospital discharge In Wales a DMR1 service has been established where community pharmacists review a patient’s medicines on discharge, and see if there are any discrepancies between the medicines prescribed on discharge and the next prescription from the GP. There has been some debate about whether the
patient’s Discharge Advice Letter (DAL) should be provided to community pharmacists. The NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) were keen to identify whether all or some information on a DAL is required. The aim of this project selleck products was to identify the essential information pharmacists require to complete a DMR for a recently discharged patient. A questionnaire was developed using the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and Royal College of Physicians (RCP) guidance on the content
of DALs, including information on demographics, diagnosis, allergies, medicines, and investigations. Open questions explored other information requirements and examples of where lack of information has put patients at risk. Following pilot for content and time taken to complete, a copy was sent to all 709 registered pharmacies in Wales, along with a cover letter and a pre-paid C1GALT1 envelope; the questionnaires were numbered to allow identification of non-respondents for follow-up. All results were transferred to Bristol Online Survey (BoS); descriptive analysis was implemented to see if there were any links between responses, and comments in open questions were thematically analysed. The project was granted approval by a university ethics committee. A 53.7% response rate was achieved, therefore no reminders were sent. Two hundred sixty-nine participants stated that they want to receive a copy of the DAL on discharge from hospital. Forty-five per cent wanted this in an electronic form and 41% by fax; 74.3% required this information within 48 hours of discharge, while 18% perceived that 48–72 hours is a reasonable amount of time.