Pharmacist intervention can help reduce readmissions

Pharmacist-led intervention with three outreach phone calls can reduce readmissions and emergency department visits, according to a report in the <i>Journal of Hospital Medicine</i>. The study found that 39% of patients who received a single postdischarge call at the end of a 30-day period were readmitted within 30 days.

Pharmacist-led intervention with three outreach phone calls can reduce readmissions and emergency department visits, according to a report in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. The study found that 39% of patients who received a single postdischarge call at the end of a 30-day period were readmitted within 30 days. Patients who received three phone calls had a readmission rate of only 24.8%. Senior author Michael Postelnick believes a larger study could reveal that pharmacist-led interventions can affect areas such as rate of adverse drug events or medication errors.