Pharmaceutisch Weekblad

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 66–70 | Cite as

Do prescribed drugs always follow the patients to hospital?

  • Paulien A. W. Van Hessen
  • Hans Petri
  • John Urquhart
Original Articles


The reliability was measured with which out-patient medications were identified at the time of a patient's admission to a Dutch hospital. The hospital-pharmacy records and the community-pharmacy records of 205 patients have been reviewed with the help of an expert panel. We established that 15 inadvertent drug discontinuations of a serious nature occurred among 12 patients. While the results are not necessarily representative of the overall Dutch situation, they indicate errors that can be reduced. Improvement is suggested by transmission of computerized data from the community pharmacy to the hospital whenever a patient is admitted and agrees with this transmission.


Data display Drug therapy Hospitals Patient admission Pharmacies, community 


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© Royal Dutch Association for Advancement of Pharmacy 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paulien A. W. Van Hessen
    • 1
  • Hans Petri
    • 1
  • John Urquhart
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology/Health Care ResearchUniversity of LimburgMD MaastrichtThe Netherlands

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