Medication regimens of frail older adults after discharge from home healthcare

Rachelle Lancaster, Karen Marek, Linda Denison Bub, Frank Stetzer

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the number and types of discrepancy errors present after discharge from home healthcare in older adults at risk for medication management problems following an episode of home healthcare. More than half of the 414 participants had at least one medication discrepancy error (53.2%, n = 219) with the participant's omission of a prescribed medication (n = 118, 30.17% occurring most frequently. The results of this study support the need for home healthcare clinicians to perform frequent assessments of medication regimens to ensure that the older adults are aware of the regimen they are prescribed, and have systems in place to support them in managing their medications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)536-542
Number of pages7
JournalHome healthcare nurse
Volume32
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Community and Home Care
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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