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Journal Article

30-day potentially avoidable readmissions due to adverse drug events.

Dalleur O, Beeler PE, Schnipper JL, et al. Journal of Patient Safety. 2017.

Adverse drug events after hospital discharge can lead to preventable readmissions. In this retrospective observational study, physicians reviewed medical records to determine underlying reasons for adverse drug events in readmitted patients. Nearly half of the adverse drug events were due to inappropriate prescribing, and the remainder were due to inadequate patient education or self-monitoring. These results underscore the importance of medication communication in enhancing safety.