Reeder TA, Mutnick A
Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2008;65:857-860
About 60% of hospitalized patients have at least 1 error in their medication history that is taken upon admission. The investigators in this study compared medication histories that were obtained by hospital pharmacists with those obtained by physicians. The study was prospective and included 55 patients, age 18 or older, admitted to the internal medicine service at a major teaching hospital. Within several hours of admission, a physician from the internal medicine service obtained a medication history from the patient as part of the overall history and physical examination. Subsequently, within 24 hours of admission, a pharmacist interviewed patients to obtain additional relevant medication history, such as dosages, dosing schedule, use of nonprescription medications and supplements, allergies, pregnancy and lactation status, and vaccination status.