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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