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Slide Presentation of the 2007 Annual Meeting of AHRQ

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Defining the Safety Problem

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  • 11% of all hospital admissions are due to medication complications
    • Dunbar-Jacob 2001
  • Inadequate patient medication education is a common reason for non-adherent behaviors and is an independent risk factor for unplanned 30-day hospital readmission
    • Haynes 2004, Marcantonio 1999
  • U.S. and Canadian studies have documented inconsistencies in the medication education component of hospital discharge resulting in poor patient knowledge of their medications
    • Alibhai 1999, King 1998, Cortis 1996
  • Barriers to hospital-based medication education by pharmacists include lack of time, no organized or systematic program for education, and inadequate discharge notification
    • Griffith 1998

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