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Journal of Nursing Care Quality:
doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31820e1543
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Challenges in Posthospital Care: Nurses as Coaches for Medication Management

Costa, Linda L. PhD, RN, NEA-BC; Poe, Stephanie S. DNP, RN; Lee, Mei Ching MS, BSN

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate a transitional care intervention posthospital discharge for chronically ill medical patients managing complex medication regimens. This descriptive pilot study tested 2 interventions: telephone follow-up and a home visit. Registered nurses delivered the interventions with consulting pharmacist support. Findings included 62% more medication discrepancies discovered during home visit than detected by telephone interview. This brief intervention identified significant knowledge gaps in self-management of discharge medications in the inner city population.

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