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Most Hospital Patients Don't Know What Meds They're Taking
Date:12/10/2009

of patients that want to be more involved," Cumbler noted, "and I think this raises the question, 'How can we help them be more involved?'"

What's more, for some patients, especially those who are older and cognitively impaired, more involvement may not be desirable and, in fact, may have disadvantages, he noted.

Colgan described a number of things patients can do to get more involved in their own medication management:

  • Keep a list of medications you take so you can provide an accurate medication history when you check into the hospital.
  • During your stay, ask: "What's that name of the drug you're giving me? What will it do? And what adverse drug reactions should I expect?"
  • Before discharge, learn about any medications you'll be taking at home.

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The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists can help you keep track of your medicines.



SOURCES: Ethan Cumbler, M.D., assistant professor, medicine, University of Colorado, Denver, and director, University of Colorado Hospital Acute Care for the Elderly Service; Kevin J. Colgan, M.A., FASHP, corporate director, pharmacy, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, and immediate past president, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Bethesda, Md.; Dec. 10, 2009, Journal of Hospital Medicine


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