AJMC July 29, 2021
However, letting nurses have total control of medication management during hospital stays can create problems afterward.
Most geriatric patients can successfully self-manage multiple medications after being discharged from the hospital, according to a multicenter study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
At the same time, many patients struggle with medication management immediately after discharge, and one of the strongest predictors is whether the nursing staff took control of medication management during their hospital stay.
The multicenter study collected data on 400 patients at hospital discharge and at 2-5 days post-discharge between November 2019 and March 2020. All patients involved were at least 75 years old and dealing with polypharmacy, which was defined as taking at...