Prescribing and medication communication on the post-take ward round

Myers, Brooke, Mitchell, Charles, Whitty, Jenny A., Donovan, Peter and Coombes, Ian (2017) Prescribing and medication communication on the post-take ward round. Internal Medicine Journal, 47 4: 454-457. doi:10.1111/imj.13280

Author Myers, Brooke
Mitchell, Charles
Whitty, Jenny A.
Donovan, Peter
Coombes, Ian
Title Prescribing and medication communication on the post-take ward round
Journal name Internal Medicine Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1445-5994
Publication date 2017-04-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/imj.13280
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 47
Issue 4
Start page 454
End page 457
Total pages 4
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Subject 2724 Internal Medicine
Abstract Gaps in communication between medical officers and poor planning are associated with prescribing errors and may result in patient harm. This study describes medication communication on post-take ward rounds (PTWR). Over 6 weeks on 24 PTWR, 130 patients, prescribed 1244 medications, were observed. Of these, 811 (65%) medications were discussed, with 249 discussions (relating to 126 medications) being ‘in-depth’. Of 191 planned medication-related actions, 38 (20%) were not implemented by the end of the PTWR and 21 (11%) by time of discharge from hospital. This study suggests that the level of medication communication and subsequent actions are suboptimal. Processes to improve this situation should be explored.
Keyword Communication
Patient safety
Ward round
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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