Pharmacists’ Follow-Up Calls Can Reduce Hospital Readmission, Study Says

February 5, 2019

A new study says pharmacist-led phone calls to follow up with polypharmacy patients could reduce the risk of readmission to the hospital. Published last month in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, the study found that patients enrolled in these pharmacist-led interventions had reductions in both 30-day and 90-day readmission rates.

When enrolled patients were readmitted, their hospital stays were shorter. Additionally, 83.8 percent of patients who received these follow-up phone calls from pharmacists reported having better medication control. The patients in this study were taking 10 or more drugs.

Read the study abstract.