Journal Article

Confirming delivery: understanding the role of the hospitalized patient in medication administration safety.

Macdonald MT; Heilemann MV; MacKinnon NJ; Lang A; Gregory D; Gurnham ME; Fillatre T.

This qualitative study characterized inpatients' roles in taking medications from both the patient and nursing perspectives. Researchers found significant barriers to engaging patients in medication administration including inpatients' mental status and nurses' time limitations. Previous recommendations to engage patients in their own care have not addressed these factors.