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Medication discrepancy rates and sources upon nursing home intake: a prospective study.

Patterson ME, Bollinger S, Coleman C, et al. Medication discrepancy rates and sources upon nursing home intake: a prospective study. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2022;18(5):2830-2836. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2021.06.013

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April 6, 2022
Patterson ME, Bollinger S, Coleman C, et al. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2022;18(5):2830-2836.

Medication errors are common among older adults discharged to long-term care facilities. Researchers reviewed medication discrepancy data from four long-term care facilities over a 9-month period and found that nearly 41% of newly admitted or re-admitted residents had at least one medication discrepancy discovered at nursing home intake. Residents who were prescribed 14 or more medications and those with certain comorbidities (e.g., heart failure, anemia, hypertension) were at greatest risk for discrepancies. Higher discrepancies occurred with respiratory and analgesic medications, underscoring the importance of medication reconciliation for residents with respiratory conditions or pain.

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Patterson ME, Bollinger S, Coleman C, et al. Medication discrepancy rates and sources upon nursing home intake: a prospective study. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2022;18(5):2830-2836. doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2021.06.013