Pharmacy World and Science

, Volume 26, Issue 5, pp 268–270 | Cite as

Discontinuities in drug use upon hospital discharge

  • Rutger Stuffken
  • Toine C.G. Egberts


Objective: To investigate the nature and frequency of changes in drug treatment upon discharge from hospital.

Method: All drugs of discharged patients, dispensed by an outpatient pharmacy were compared with the latest clinical medication and discontinuities were classified.

Results: Of all prescriptions dispensed by the outpatient pharmacy, 40% had some discontinuity; most frequent were product substitution (27%) and new prescriptions, starting at the moment of discharge (11%).

Conclusion: There is a gap in the conformity between drugs used in the hospital and the drugs dispensed by the outpatient pharmacy at the moment of discharge.

Discontinuity Hospital discharge Hospital formulary Outpatient pharmacy Prescriptions The Netherlands 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rutger Stuffken
    • 1
    • 2
  • Toine C.G. Egberts
    • 1
  1. 1.Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Pharmacoepidemiology and PharmacotherapyUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Clinical PharmacyGeneral Hospital HilversumHilversumThe Netherlands

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