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Wednesday 19 June 2019
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Communication problem

There is insufficient communication about medication use at the interface between hospital and primary care

A lack of knowledge of patients' medication use at the time of prescribing combined with polypharmacy is an important cause of medication-prescribing errors. Inconsistent medication lists, involvement of several healthcare professionals and frequent changes in prescribing when the patient is hospitalised can lead to erroneous discharge letters; this lack of updated and uniform medication lists poses a problem for the continuity in patient care with the risk of less effective treatment and adverse drug reactions.