Category: Federal Forum Posters
Purpose: The objective of this study is to compare hospitalization rates of Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) patients before and after implementing a process for pharmacists to utilize in the transition of care (TOC) from inpatient discharge to HBPC.
Methods: This study has been submitted to the Institutional Review Board for approval. The existing process for patient discharge will be modified for inpatient pharmacists. The established pharmacy discharge note template will be edited to include a required section to address transition of care (TOC) for Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) patients. This section will prompt inpatient pharmacists to communicate HBPC patient discharges to HBPC pharmacists and require documentation of communication. The electronic medical record system will identify HBPC patient hospitalizations for a one year period pre-intervention, HBPC patient hospitalizations post-intervention, and method of communication from inpatient pharmacist to HBPC pharmacist. All data will be recorded without patient identifiers and maintained confidentially. The resulting information will be utilized to determine the impact of a TOC process for pharmacists on hospitalization rates for HBPC patients. The results will assist in justification for implementation and sustainability of a protocolized TOC process at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System.
Results: not applicable
Conclusion: not applicable
Rachel Brunner– PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, WA