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A qualitative study of patient involvement in medicines management after hospital discharge: an under-recognised source of systems resilience.
Fylan B, Armitage G, Naylor D, Blenkinsopp A. BMJ Qual Saf. 2018;27:539-546.
Patient engagement can improve identification and prevention of medication errors. This qualitative study interviewed cardiology patients about their experiences managing medications after being discharged from hospitals in the United Kingdom. The authors described various types of patient engagement in medication management as sources of system resilience.
Tools/Toolkit > Government Resource
Leeds, UK: Health Education England, Public Health England, NHS England and Community Health and Learning Foundation; December 11, 2017.
Limits in patients' ability to understand health instructions and information affects the safety of their care. This toolkit provides resources related to health literacy including a business case for interventions, educational materials, and guides for engaging patients in discussions about low health literacy.
Legislation/Regulation > Organizational Policy/Guidelines
London, UK: Academy of Medical Royal Colleges; September 2018.
Miscommunication due to clinician use of medical jargon and limited patient health literacy is a persistent problem. This guidance suggests that physicians in the United Kingdom adopt a more direct approach to communication with their patients, such as encouraging physicians to write care letters and visit summaries directed to their patients.