J. Int J Clin Pharm. 2013 Oct; 35: 813–820. S Corlett, Rapamycin P Goel, S Kothari, L Dodds Medway School of Pharmacy, Anson Building, Chatham Maritime ME4 4TB The study investigated the relationship between hospital pharmacy referral activity and provision of discharge Medicines Use Reviews (dMURs) by community pharmacists 2 years after the dMUR service was commissioned. Hospital pharmacy referral activity was minimal in 50% of trusts contacted and absent in the remainder, while over 50% of community pharmacists contacted had never undertaken a dMUR, citing not knowing a patient had been discharged as the key barrier to service provision. It appears hospital
pharmacy teams could do more to encourage discharged patients to access the dMUR service, in particular, by reminding them to tell their community pharmacist they had recently been in hospital. Medication errors can occur on transfer of care.1 dMURs were commissioned
in 2011 to enable community pharmacists to support recently discharged patients by ensuring no unintentional changes in treatment had occurred, provide medicines information and encourage adherence.2 At the time, hospital pharmacy teams were encouraged to refer find more patients into this service. This study aimed to establish the provision of dMURs by community pharmacists and the practices of hospital pharmacy
teams in referring patients into the service over an area covered by eight Clinical Commissioning Groups and served by four acute hospital trusts. Four hospital pharmacy trusts serving an area covered by eight CCGs were contacted for by e-mail and asked to provide details of how they promote the dMUR service. All community pharmacies (n = 340) within the eight CCGs were asked by letter to participate in a short telephone interview. The structured telephone interviews lasted less than 10 minutes and explored participant uptake of, and perceived barriers to, dMURs using both open and closed questions. Data were analysed thematically and using SPSS version 21, respectively. University research ethics approval was obtained. Community pharmacists in 170 (50%) of pharmacies contacted took part in the survey. Of these, 53% (n = 90) had never conducted a dMUR despite 82% (n = 139) being the regular pharmacist. The main barrier to performing a dMUR was reported as not knowing a patient had been recently discharged. Participants were asked to estimate how many dMURs they performed each month (Table 1). Hospitals A and C reported they had prepared leaflets to promote the dMUR to patients. However, Hospital A reported they were rarely used and Hospital C that they had only been issued regularly for a few months after the initiation of the new service.