Pharmacist Staffing and the Use of Technology in Small Rural Hospitals: Implications for Medication Safety. UMRHRC Policy Brief.

Publication Date: January 2nd, 2006
Publication Type(s): Policy Brief
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Author(s): Casey, M.

Assesses the capacity of rural hospitals to implement medication safety practices. The study found that many small rural hospitals have limited hours of on site pharmacist coverage. About three-quarters of the hospitals are using pharmacy computers, but a significant proportion either do not have a pharmacy computer or are not using it for clinical purposes. Hospital financial status is significantly related to pharmacist staffing, the use of technology, and implementation of medication safety practices, supporting a continuation of Medicare policies to help ensure financial stability for small rural hospitals.

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