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Interprofessional and Intraprofessional Communication about Older People’s Medications across Transitions of Care

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School of Nursing and Midwifery, Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research, Institute for Health Transformation, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Burwood 3125, Australia
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Deakin-Alfred Health Nursing Research Centre, Alfred Health, Melbourne 3004, Australia
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Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School, The University of Melbourne, Parkville 3010, Australia
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School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK
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NSW Regional Health Partners, Wisteria House, James Fletcher Hospital, Newcastle 2300, Australia
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School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Burwood 3125, Australia
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Academic Editor: Pavani Rangachari
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(8), 3925; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18083925
Received: 6 March 2021 / Revised: 5 April 2021 / Accepted: 6 April 2021 / Published: 8 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Resilience and Improvisation at the Frontlines of Healthcare)
Communication breakdowns contribute to medication incidents involving older people across transitions of care. The purpose of this paper is to examine how interprofessional and intraprofessional communication occurs in managing older patients’ medications across transitions of care in acute and geriatric rehabilitation settings. An ethnographic design was used with semi-structured interviews, observations and focus groups undertaken in an acute tertiary referral hospital and a geriatric rehabilitation facility. Communication to manage medications was influenced by the clinical context comprising the transferring setting (preparing for transfer), receiving setting (setting after transfer) and ‘real-time’ (simultaneous communication). Three themes reflected these clinical contexts: dissemination of medication information, safe continuation of medications and barriers to collaborative communication. In transferring settings, nurses and pharmacists anticipated communication breakdowns and initiated additional communication activities to ensure safe information transfer. In receiving settings, all health professionals contributed to facilitating safe continuation of medications. Although health professionals of different disciplines sometimes communicated with each other, communication mostly occurred between health professionals of the same discipline. Lack of communication with pharmacists occurred despite all health professionals acknowledging their important role. Greater levels of proactive preparation by health professionals prior to transfers would reduce opportunities for errors relating to continuation of medications. View Full-Text
Keywords: interprofessional relations; interprofessional communication; intraprofessional communication; medication communication; older people; transitions of care; health communication; medication therapy management; medication safety interprofessional relations; interprofessional communication; intraprofessional communication; medication communication; older people; transitions of care; health communication; medication therapy management; medication safety
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Manias, E.; Bucknall, T.; Woodward-Kron, R.; Hughes, C.; Jorm, C.; Ozavci, G.; Joseph, K. Interprofessional and Intraprofessional Communication about Older People’s Medications across Transitions of Care. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 3925. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18083925

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Manias E, Bucknall T, Woodward-Kron R, Hughes C, Jorm C, Ozavci G, Joseph K. Interprofessional and Intraprofessional Communication about Older People’s Medications across Transitions of Care. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(8):3925. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18083925

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Manias, Elizabeth; Bucknall, Tracey; Woodward-Kron, Robyn; Hughes, Carmel; Jorm, Christine; Ozavci, Guncag; Joseph, Kathryn. 2021. "Interprofessional and Intraprofessional Communication about Older People’s Medications across Transitions of Care" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 18, no. 8: 3925. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18083925

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