Pharmacists in GP clinics drive down costs, hospital presentations: study

Medication review by pharmacists cuts risk of readmission and ED visits by one-third

Hospital readmissions, ED presentations and health costs drop when general practice-based pharmacists conduct medication reviews for patients newly discharged from hospital, a University of Queensland study suggests.

For the study, the research team compared readmission rates and ED presentations for 129 older patients (mean age 71) who had a medication review following hospital discharge versus 177 patients (mean age 69) who received usual care.

The patients, recruited from 14 general practices in southeast Queensland, were