Journal Article

Effect of pharmacist counseling intervention on health care utilization following hospital discharge: a randomized control trial.

Bell SP, Schnipper JL, Goggins K, et al. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2016;31.

This randomized controlled trial at two academic medical centers studied the potential benefits of providing pharmacist medication reconciliation and counseling, along with individualized telephone follow-up after discharge, for adult patients hospitalized with acute coronary syndrome or acute decompensated heart failure. This extensive intervention did not reduce readmissions or emergency department visits within 30 days of discharge, though there was a small positive effect seen in patients with low health literacy.