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Opportunities for medication review and reconciliation by a clinical pharmacist to prevent drug-related hospital re-admissions: evidence from a case series in Sri Lanka

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L. G. T. Shanika ,

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, LK
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Department of Allied Health Science, Faculty of Medical Sciences
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C. N. Wijekoon,

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, LK
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Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medical Sciences
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S. Jayamanne,

University of Kelaniya, Ragama, LK
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Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
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J. Coombes,

University of Queensland, Brisbane, AU
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School of Pharmacy
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D. Perera,

Austin Health, Melbourne, AU
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Department of Pharmacy
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V. M. Pathiraja,

University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, LK
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South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration
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N. Mamunuwa,

University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, LK
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South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration
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F. Mohamed,

University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, LK
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Faculty of Allied Health Sciences
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I. Coombes,

University of Queensland, Brisbane, LK
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School of Pharmacy
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C. Lynch,

Collaborative of Australian Sri Lankan Pharmacy Practice Education Research (CASPPER), Brisbane, AU
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Governance Lead
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H. A. De Silva,

University of Kelaniya, Ragama
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Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine
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A. H. Dawson

University of Sydney, Sydney, AU
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Faculty of Medicine
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Abstract

Medication review by a clinical pharmacist improves quality use of medicines in patients by identifying, reducing and preventing drug related problems and hospital re-admissions. This service is new to Sri Lanka. We present two cases from a non-randomized controlled trial conducted in a tertiary care hospital in Sri Lanka. The first case is from the control group where no clinical pharmacist was engaged and the next case is from the intervention group. The first case was a drug related hospital re-admission because of missing medicines in the discharge prescription and the second case was a re-admission which was prevented by the intervention of a ward pharmacist by performing a clinical medication review of the prescription.
How to Cite: Shanika, L.G.T., Wijekoon, C.N., Jayamanne, S., Coombes, J., Perera, D., Pathiraja, V.M., Mamunuwa, N., Mohamed, F., Coombes, I., Lynch, C., De Silva, H.A. and Dawson, A.H., 2018. Opportunities for medication review and reconciliation by a clinical pharmacist to prevent drug-related hospital re-admissions: evidence from a case series in Sri Lanka. Pharmaceutical Journal of Sri Lanka, 8(1), pp.61–64. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/pjsl.v8i1.38
Published on 16 Nov 2018.
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