Many elderly patients have multiple medications and variable dosing regimens and the ability for hospitals to properly reconcile medications between what is given on paper to the patient and what the patients take at home depends on the patient's ability to get the medications. Some patients may delay in getting their medications from the pharmacy after being discharged. For some it may be a lack of transportation, others may feel too ill to travel and may not have family members who will be able to pick up the medications.
It is for these reasons the authors of this study want to inventory the medications that an elderly patient is being discharged on during a home visit and check on the actual prescriptions that a patient has at their house the following 1-2 days after discharge.
Primary Outcome Measures:
- To observe compliance of medications from a discharge medication list to the meds at home after discharge from the hospital. [ Time Frame: 18 months ]
Secondary Outcome Measures:
- To observe if there are secondary factors that affect compliance (i.e. age of the patients, number of medications or herbal medications) [ Time Frame: 18 months ]
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||March 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
The goal is to evaluate the effectiveness of discharge instruction in the elderly by assessing medication compliance post-discharge. Patients are identified on the units and from a Beaumont Troy discharge planning master list. Prior to discharge the patients are consented and informed they will be contacted to schedule a home visit. During the home visit, the medications the patient is currently taking are recorded. Discharge medications are recorded from the medical record following the home visit. The Investigator performing the visit is blinded to the discharge medications as the intent of the visit is only to collect data and not to ensure compliance or make clinical judgment regarding the appropriateness of the medication regimen. Anyone 65 or older can be included, who are discharged with medications and can consent. Those excluded are patients who do not live in close proximity and those discharged to extended or long-term care facilities.