Journal Article

Communication relating to family members' involvement and understandings about patients' medication management in hospital.

Manias E. Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy. 2015;18:850-66.

Polypharmacy, or taking multiple medications, is a risk factor for adverse drug events. This interview study examined how family members participated in medication management for hospitalized patients taking five or more medications and found that communication between family members and health care professionals was insufficient. The authors advocate for providers to proactively engage in discussions with family members as they can know important information regarding patients' medications.