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Using Novel Canadian Resources to Improve Medication Reconciliation at Discharge

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01179867
First Posted: August 11, 2010
Last Update Posted: August 25, 2017
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Collaborator:
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Robyn Tamblyn, McGill University
  Purpose
The purpose of this study is to determine if a physician's use of electronic medication reconciliation software when writing a patient's discharge prescription will prevent adverse drug events and readmissions to the hospital. This electronic medication software will provide the physician with the most up-to-date list of medications the patient was taking before being admitted to the hospital, through a real-time link to the provincial drug insurance agency's administrative databases. It will also provide the list of medications the patient has taken while admitted to the hospital. With these two pieces of information, the physician will write the discharge prescription using the medication management software, print the discharge prescription for the patient, and the software will fax a copy of any prescriptions that should be stopped to the patient's community pharmacist.

Condition Intervention
Medication Reconciliation Adverse Drug Events Other: Electronic Medication Reconciliation

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Using Novel Canadian Resources to Improve Medication Reconciliation at Discharge

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Further study details as provided by Robyn Tamblyn, McGill University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Adverse drug event [ Time Frame: 30 days after discharge from hospital ]

    Adverse drug event: an injury resulting from medical intervention related to a drug.

    Assessed using:

    1. self-reported patient information 30 days post-discharge
    2. chart and administrative data on drugs that were started, stopped, or continued at discharge as well as acute and chronic health problems
    3. reviewing & adjudicating the presence of an adverse event and the probability of it being drug related by a blinded expert panel review of each patient's chart and post-discharge interview data using the Leape & Bates method, and the Naranjo criteria.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Emergency room visit / Hospital readmission [ Time Frame: Within the 30 days post-discharge from hospital ]
    All visits to the emergency room and/or hospital re-admission in the 30 days post-discharge will be measured using the provincial health insurance administrative databases. This approach ensures that all ER visits and re-admissions are included, not just those occuring at the study hospitals. Almost all hospital-based physicians in Quebec are remunerated on a fee-for-service basis, and are required to record accurately the treating establishment and location of service, as this information determines the level of remuneration.

  • Failure to re-start community medications used for chronic conditions after discharge from hospital. [ Time Frame: 90 days after discharge from hospital ]
    Of all discharged patients who were on a medication used for a chronic condition in the community prior to their hospitalization, we will measure the proportion who do not re-start this medication within the 90 days after they are discharged from hospital. This will be measured through comparison of their dispensed community medications before and after hospitalization (from administrative insurance database).

  • Readiness for hospital discharge [ Time Frame: Within the 30 days post-discharge from hospital ]
    This sub-study will examine the determinants and outcomes of patients' readiness for hospital discharge. Specifically, it will determine if: a) patient and hospital organizational characteristics are associated with patients' readiness for hospital discharge, b) lower levels of patients' readiness for hospital discharge are associated with an increased risk of ADEs and re-admissions 30-day post-discharge and, c) the effects of the medication reconciliation intervention on ADEs and readmissions 30-day post discharge is modified by level of patient's readiness for hospital discharge.

  • Time to complete medication history and discharge medication reconciliation with prescription. [ Time Frame: At admission to study unit, and upon discharge from hospital ]
    We will measure the time it takes clinicians to complete the patient's medication history at admission, which includes time spent speaking with patients about medications, contacting patients' pharmacies for information on patients' community medications, and documenting the community medication list. We will also measure the time it takes clinicians to complete a medication reconciliation at discharge and write the discharge prescription. We will compare the intervention and control groups, to see if the intervention reduces the time it takes clinicians to complete either of these two tasks.

  • Therapy duplication [ Time Frame: During the 30 days post discharge from hospital ]
    We will measure the frequency at which therapy duplications occur in the discharge prescription, comparing intervention with control units. A therapy duplication will be defined as two or more drugs in the same therapeutic class being dispensed to the same person within the 30 days post-discharge from hospital.

  • Unplanned dose changes [ Time Frame: During the 30 days post discharge from hospital ]
    We will measure the frequency at which unplanned dose changes occur in the discharge prescription, comparing intervention with control units. An unplanned dose change will be defined as a change in dose from that at admission that was not documented as such in the discharge prescription.

  • Errors of commission [ Time Frame: Through study completion, an average of 2 years ]
    Errors of commission


Enrollment: 4014
Study Start Date: October 2014
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2018
Primary Completion Date: March 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Electronic Medication Reconciliation

Electronic medication reconciliation includes:

  1. Electronic retrieval of the community drug list at admission
  2. Generation of discharge prescription using the discharge reconciliation module at discharge
  3. Transfer of information on discontinued and changed medication to respective dispensing pharmacies and prescribing physicians
Other: Electronic Medication Reconciliation
  1. At admission the community drug list will be electronically retrieved from the public drug insurance administrative databases using a real-time interface, and the admitting team/pharmacist will verify the list, adding over-the-counter medications
  2. At discharge the attending physician/resident will write the discharge prescription using the discharge reconciliation module, allowing the physician to simultaneously view the validated community drug list and the hospital pharmacy drug list for the patient
  3. The discharge communication module will facilitate identification and transfer of information on discontinued and changed medication to the respective dispensing pharmacies and prescribing physicians along with the reasons for these changes
No Intervention: Usual practice medication reconciliation
Usual practice in dealing with medication reconciliation. This includes viewing the hospital medications through the hospital electronic pharmacy system, and viewing the community drugs in the patient's chart, if it was collected at admission (not always the case). However not all physicians view the community drugs before writing the discharge prescription. The physician will write a paper discharge prescription to be given to the patient, but communications are generally not made directly to the community pharmacist or previous prescribing physicians.

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  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • have public drug insurance: this includes all those 65 years and older in the province of Quebec, as well as those under 65 on social assistance or who do not have drug insurance available through their employer
  • admitted to the hospital from the community
  • admitted to a surgical or internal medicine unit
  • discharged alive

Exclusion Criteria:

- none

  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01179867


Locations
Canada, Quebec
McGill University Health Centre
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 1A3
Sponsors and Collaborators
McGill University
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Robyn Tamblyn, PhD McGill University
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Robyn Tamblyn, Professor, McGill University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01179867     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RN 0000086616 - 222163
First Submitted: August 10, 2010
First Posted: August 11, 2010
Last Update Posted: August 25, 2017
Last Verified: August 2017

Keywords provided by Robyn Tamblyn, McGill University:
Medication reconciliation
Adverse drug events
Hospital readmission
Medication management

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
Chemically-Induced Disorders