Monday, March 16, 2009

Emergency Department Discharge and Non-Adherence

If taking medications is difficult for people when they have been prescribed them by a doctor in a clinic, what would it be like in an emergency care facility? Well... theoretically, the health problem is going to be more severe, or at least more obvious to the patient, but the situation is much more stressful, and the chance of follow-up with the same physician next to nil. This study, assessed adherence levels for 258 patients discharged with prescriptions from a hospital emergency ward. 19.8% did not fill their prescriptions and 40.3% did not adhere to 1 or more medications. In particular, co-prescriptions from emergency wards represented significant adherence challenges.