30-day potentially avoidable readmissions due to adverse drug events.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
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.