Hospitalized patients are confused about medications

Hospitalized patients were often unsure about which and how many medications they were on, and many left out a half-dozen drugs they were prescribed.

According to MedpageToday, a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine found 96% of the 50 patients surveyed left out at least one drug when they were asked to list their medications, and, on average, patients omitted 6.8 medications, Ethan Cumbler, MD, of the University of Denver, and colleagues reported in the Dec. 10 issue of Journal of Hospital Medicine.  Moreover, 44% of the patients thought they were taking a medication that had not been prescribed.

(SOURCES: HCPro Patient Safety Monitor, http://hcpro.com, December 23, 2009; MedpageToday, http://medpagetoday.com, accessed January 12, 2010)