Last updated on July 2019

Guaranteeing the Continuity of the Care Pathway for the Elderly Patient: Evaluation of a Territorial Approach of Clinical Pharmacy


Brief description of study

In the context of the ageing of the French population, drug iatrogeny in the elderly is a major public health issue, responsible for approximately 7,500 deaths per year and 3.4% of hospitalizations among patients aged 65 and over.

The interest of the Medication Reconciliation (MR) in reducing medication errors and unintentional discrepancies in prescriptions at transition points in patients' medication care pathways no longer seems to be in doubt both in France and abroad.

On the other hand, the literature on the clinical impact of these drug errors (i. e. occurrence of an adverse drug event (ADE) or readmission rates) is currently limited in France and presents variable results abroad.

Detailed Study Description

The medication reconciliation implementation mobilizes human resources (pharmacists, pharmacy technician, nurses...) and constitutes an investment for healthcare institutions. However, the resulting improvement in patients' health status (and the potential reduction in ADEs) could reduce their care consumption and thus reduce costs from a healthcare system perspective. We therefore propose to assess the cost-effectiveness of this care strategy.

Finally, we will study the impact of the MR deployment on existing professional organizations, both in hospital and between community healthcare professionals and hospital as well as its conditions of implementation.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT04018781

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