Journal article

Interprofessional and Intraprofessional Communication about Older People’s Medications across Transitions of Care

Elizabeth Manias, Tracey Bucknall, Robyn Woodward-Kron, Carmel Hughes, Christine Jorm, Guncag Ozavci, Kathryn Joseph

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health | MDPI AG

Abstract

Communication breakdowns contribute to medication incidents involving older people across transitions of care. The purpose of this paper is to examine how interprofessional and intraprofessional communication occurs in managing older patients’ medications across transitions of care in acute and geriatric rehabilitation settings. An ethnographic design was used with semi-structured interviews, observations and focus groups undertaken in an acute tertiary referral hospital and a geriatric rehabilitation facility. Communication to manage medications was influenced by the clinical context comprising the transferring setting (preparing for transfer), receiving setting (setting after transfer) and..

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