ISSN 2286-6493
Journal of Asian Association of Schools of Pharmacy
 

PREVALENCE AND PREDICTORS OF MEDICATION DISCREPANCIES UPON DISCHARGE AMONG ADULT PATIENTS: A PROSPECTIVE STUDY FROM MALAYSIA  Research Paper 

Bee Keng LAW1,2,*, Chee Ping CHONG1,2,*
1 King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
2 Aseer central hospital, Abha, Saudi Arabia
 

Abstract

    Medication discrepancy is the constant problem being encountered in healthcare settings world wide. This prospective observational study involved internal medicine wards in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Malaysia in order to investigate the prevalence of the medication discrepancy upon discharge and identify the predictors for it. Results showed that out of 65 discharges, 33 (49%) were found to have medication discrepancy. Twenty six patients (40%) were discharged with at least one unintentional medication discrepancy also known as medication error. The only identified predictor for medication discrepancy upon discharge and medication error was number of discharge medication (adjusted OR 1.435, CI 1.147-1.797, p = 0.002 and adjusted OR 1.198, CI 1.026-1.399, p = 0.022 respectively). The most common type of medication error was omission (42.5%), followed by incomplete prescription (20%). Nutrition and blood was the therapeutic class that most involved in medication discrepancy upon discharge (37%), but 60.9% of it were intentionally made by prescriber.  



Keywords

1 Discharge
2 Medication error
3 Prevalence Medication
4 reconciliation



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JAASP Volume 6
January - December, 2017

Page: 001-009


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