International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 430–434 | Cite as

Bridging the gap between hospital and primary care: the pharmacist home visit

  • Hendrik T. Ensing
  • Ellen S. Koster
  • Clementine C. M. Stuijt
  • Ad A. van Dooren
  • Marcel L. BouvyEmail author


Bridging the gap between hospital and primary care is important as transition from one healthcare setting to another increases the risk on drug-related problems and consequent readmissions. To reduce those risks, pharmacist interventions during and after hospitalization have been frequently studied, albeit with variable effects. Therefore, in this manuscript we propose a three phase approach to structurally address post-discharge drug-related problems. First, hospitals need to transfer up-todate medication information to community pharmacists. Second, the key phase of this approach consists of adequate follow-up at the patients’ home. Pharmacists need to apply their clinical and communication skills to identify and analyze drug-related problems. Finally, to prevent and solve identified drug related problems a close collaboration within the primary care setting between pharmacists and general practitioners is of utmost importance. It is expected that such an approach results in improved quality of care and improved patient safety.


Care transitions Community pharmacists Drug-related problems Home visit 






Conflicts of interest

No funds were received for writing this manuscript. All authors declare that they have no conflict of interests that are directly relevant to the content of this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hendrik T. Ensing
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ellen S. Koster
    • 2
  • Clementine C. M. Stuijt
    • 4
  • Ad A. van Dooren
    • 1
  • Marcel L. Bouvy
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Research Group Process Innovations in Pharmaceutical CareUtrecht University of Applied SciencesUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Pharmacoepidemiology and Clinical Pharmacology, Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS)Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Outpatient Pharmacy “de Brug 24/7”Zorggroep AlmereAlmereThe Netherlands
  4. 4.ApoMedAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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