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Integrating a Pharmacist Into a Home Healthcare Agency Care Model: Impact on Hospitalizations and Emergency Visits

Reidt, Shannon L. PharmD, MPH, BCPS; Larson, Tom A. PharmD; Hadsall, Ronald S. PhD; Uden, Donald L. PharmD; Blade, Mary Ann RN; Branstad, Rachel PharmD

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doi: 10.1097/NHH.0000000000000024
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Abstract

Medication regimens can be complicated during the transition from hospital to home for a variety of reasons. The primary purpose of this retrospective study was to measure the impact of integrating a pharmacist into a model of care at a Medicare-certified home healthcare agency for clients recently discharged from the hospital. The secondary purpose was to describe the medication-related problems among clients receiving services from the model of care involving a pharmacist. Integrating a pharmacist within the model of care demonstrated a positive clinical impact on clients.

Author Information

Shannon L. Reidt, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, is an Assistant Professor at University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Tom A. Larson, PharmD, is a Professor at University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ronald S. Hadsall, PhD, is a Professor at University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Donald L. Uden, PharmD, is a Professor at University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Mary Ann Blade, RN, is the former CEO, Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Rachel Branstad, PharmD, is a Pharmacy Practice Resident, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The study was funded by a grant from the University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), which had no role in study design or data analysis. Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health Award Number UL1TR000114. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

The authors wish to acknowledge Akeem Yusuf for his statistical assistance.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Address of correspondence: Shannon L. Reidt, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, 308 Harvard St. SE, WDH 7–103, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (reid0113@umn.edu).

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