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Title: Effect of post-discharge home visits on medication adherence and selfrated health among community-dwelling elderly people : a pilot study
Authors: Tang, CHY
Lai, CKY 
Keywords: Aged
Case management
House calls
Independent living
Medication adherence
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Press
Source: Asian journal of gerontology & geriatrics, 2017, v. 12, no. 1, p. 11-16 How to cite?
Journal: Asian journal of gerontology & geriatrics 
Abstract: Background. Medication non-adherence is common among elderly patients following discharge from hospital. This study examined the effect of post-discharge home visits by a case manager on medication adherence and self-rated health. Methods. This was a single-group pre-test and post-test study carried out from July 2015 to December 2015 in a regional hospital in Hong Kong. A case manager from the Integrated Discharge Support Programme was responsible for medication adherence of the elderly. Participants were interviewed at their home during the first and last home visit using the Drug Regimen Unassisted Grading Scale (DRUGS) for medication adherence, and the general self-rated health (GSRH) scale. Results. In 24 participants (mean age, 76.7 years), the mean DRUGS score increased from 89.3 to 98.6 (z= –2.83, p=0.005), and the median GSRH score increased from 2 (fair) to 3 (good) [z= –3.40, p=0.001]. Conclusion. Post-discharge home visits by a case manager may promote medication adherence and general health among communitydwelling elderly people after discharge from hospital.
ISSN: 1819-1576
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