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Community-acquired and hospital-acquired medication harm among older inpatients and impact of a state-wide medication management intervention.

Pellegrin K, Lozano A, Miyamura J, et al. BMJ quality & safety. 2019;28:103-110.

Older adults frequently encounter medication-related harm, which may result in preventable hospitalizations. In six Hawaiian hospitals, hospital pharmacists identified older patients at risk of medication problems and assigned them to a community pharmacist who coordinated their medications across prescribers for 1 year after discharge. This post-hoc analysis of the intervention found that most medication-related harm occurred in the community (70%) rather than the hospital and that the intervention successfully reduced community-acquired harm.