In recent years, medical staff including physicians and nurses have been participating in home health care, reflecting the needs of an aging society in Japan. Pharmacists are also asked to work on home health care teams to ensure the medical safety of patients. It currently remains unclear whether direct communication, i.e. a meeting, between home-visiting physicians and pharmacists contributes to the proper use of medications and continuous medical care. We retrospectively analyzed the medication management guidance records of home-visited patients who received their first home visit between April 2014 and March 2017. We collected data on pharmacist inquiries, the duration of visits, and details from a meeting between home-visiting physicians and pharmacists. Thirty-five patients were included. At the first visit, the inquiry rate by pharmacists was 65.7%. The prescription question rate was significantly lower in patients with a meeting than in those without (p=0.033). The average duration of visits was significantly shorter for home-visited patients whose health care providers had a meeting (p=0.007). These results suggest that pharmacists who held a meeting with the home-visiting physician before the first patient visit were able to resolve drug-related issues earlier, which increased the work efficiency of home-visiting pharmacists.
- Home health care
- Home visit
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)