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Comprehensive identification of medication-related problems occurring prior to, during and after emergency department presentation: An Australian multicentre, prospective, observational study

Simone E Taylor, Elise A Mitri, Andrew M Harding, David McD Taylor, Adrian Weeks, Leonie Abbott, Pani Lambros, Dona Lawrence, Dana Strumpman, Reyhan Senturk-Raif, Stephen Louey, Hamish Crisp, Emily Tomlinson, Elizabeth Manias



OBJECTIVE: Patients present to EDs with various medication-related problems (MRPs). MRPs are also associated with ED care, occurring during ED presentation or shortly afterwards. The aim of the present study is to describe the prevalence and nature of MRPs that occur prior to, during or shortly after leaving ED. METHODS: We undertook a prospective, observational study in nine Australian EDs. Blocks of 10 consecutive adult patients who were not seen by a pharmacist in ED and who presented at pre-specified times were identified. Within 1 week of ED discharge, a pharmacist interviewed patients and undertook a medical record review to determine their medication history, patients' understanding o..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank the EDs and pharmacy departments at each participating site for their in-kind support to undertake patient recruitment and data collection. We also thank the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research at Deakin University for their seeding grant to support data analysis for this project.