Friday, December 18, 2009

Study Finds Hospitalized Patients Often Ignorant of Their Drug Regimen

Each year, about 7,000 people die because of medication errors in hospitals. Although errors can happen throughout every step of the medication process, experts say they occur most frequently during the prescribing and administering stages. According to the Institute of Medicine, on average, a hospital patient can expect to be subjected to at least one medication error each day.

A new study in the Journal of Hospital Medicine suggests that hospitalized patients tend to have significant gaps in knowledge of their medication regimen, with 96 percent of patients surveyed omitting at least one drug they had been prescribed during their hospitalization, MedPage Today reports.

To read more about this study, please click here.

To read about what INQRI teams are doing to address medication management issues, please click here.

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