Category: Federal Forum Posters
Purpose: Hospital readmission is one of the major concerns of health care. High hospital readmission rates can indicate poor patient care and represent an opportunity to lower health care costs and improve quality of care. The purpose of this study is to compare 30 day hospital readmission rates of internal medicine patients receiving pharmacist discharge counseling service versus being discharged without pharmacy counseling.
Methods: This study will be submitted to the Institutional Review Board for approval. The study design will be a single center retrospective chart study. Patients who were discharged between January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 will be included for analysis. Data will be collected using the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS). Patients will be assigned to the study group is they have received a discharge counseling from internal medicine pharmacist. Control group will be randomly selected and will be consisted of internal medicine patients who had discharge instructions but no pharmacy discharge counseling note. During chart review, following data will be collected: age, gender, past medical history, number of emergency department (ED) visits within 30 days and 6 months of discharge, number of hospital admissions within 30 days and 12 months of discharge, discharge diagnosis, length of stay, number of high alert medications, and discharge diagnosis for readmission. The primary outcome will measure 30-day readmission rate post-discharge. Secondary outcomes will compare the number of ED visits at 30-day post-discharge and number of hospital readmissions within a year.
Results: Not Applicable
Conclusion: Not Applicable
Rachel Kim– PGY1 Pharmacy Resident, VA Maryland Health Care System, Baltimore, MD