Transitions of care (TOC) pharmacy services have been shown to lower readmission rates for patients with COPD and related conditions at Rhode Island Hospital.

Concerned with medication errors and communication breakdowns that can occur during transitions from the hospital to the community, researchers affiliated with Lifespan-Rhode Island Hospital Department of Pharmacy, Providence, RI; The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy, Kingston, RI; and Brown University School of Public Health, Providence set out to determine whether pharmacists assisting in TOC could improve outcomes through interventions.

The researchers presented their study and resulting preliminary data during a recent poster session at the 2019 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Summer Meetings in Boston.

According to the researchers, patients with COPD have complex medication regimens and are at high risk

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