Of all of those, healthcare professionals said a quarter to 45 percent of drug-related morbidity is preventable.
In addition to safety risks, drug morbidity also has cost repercussions. The estimated cost of illness of drug-related morbidity is 838 euros (about $1,088) per inpatient and 376 euros (about $488) per outpatient, according to physicians.
One way to emphasize that is coordinated and team-based care. For example, the Partnership for Patients program stresses the role of pharmacy to actively work with multiple providers inside the hospital and out, which in turn, could curb readmissions.
For more information:
- read the research announcement
- see the study on the use of expert panels of pharmacists and the study on physicians
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