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Journal Article > Review
The impact of pharmacists-led medicines reconciliation on healthcare outcomes in secondary care: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
Cheema E, Alhomoud FK, Kinsara ASA, et al. PLoS One. 2018;13:e0193510.
Pharmacists often perform medication reconciliation at hospital admission and discharge to prevent medication errors. This meta-analysis examined the efficacy of pharmacist-led medication reconciliation across 18 trials that included more than 6000 patients. Researchers found that pharmacist-led interventions reduced medication discrepancies but did not significantly affect adverse medication events or health care utilization. However, a recent large trial of pharmacist-led medication reconciliation with positive results was excluded from this meta-analysis.
Journal Article > Study
Britton P, Duffy SW, Sinnatamby R, et al. Br J Cancer. 2009;100:1873-1878.
This study found that the missed cancer rate was only 1.7 per 1000 women evaluated in a symptomatic breast clinic over a 3-year period. The lowest sensitivity in accurate diagnosis was experienced in patients 40-49 years of age.