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Medication Calendar

Medication Calendar

Purpose of the Tool: To provide patients with an easy to understand list of medications that includes indications as well as dose, route, frequency and specific timing recommendations.

Submitter and Tool Author: Lindsay M. Arnold, Pharm.D., BCPS

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Date Tool Implemented: September 2005

Name of Institution: Boston Medical Center

Description of Institution: 547-bed academic, inner-city medical center

Tool Format (paper-based, computer-based, on handheld etc….): Paper based. Medications & instructions are typed out and provided to patients prior to discharge.

Key Advantages Using this Tool:

  1. Provides the patient with a centralized medication list that can easily be posted at home, separate from other discharge instructions.
  2. Provides the patient with a list they can bring to a primary care appointment to discuss and update with changes.
  3. Provides space for additional comments about specific medications, ie take with food, take one hour before meals, etc.
  4. Provides more specific time options for patients on a more complex medication regimen.
Tips on Using this Tool:
  1. Should be provided in conjunction with verbal education.
  2. Should be provided enough time prior to discharge to allow patient to review and have time for questions.
Important Pitfalls:
  1. May be time intensive as it cannot be linked to current medication list in CPOE system, so all medications are typed out individually.
  2. Currently limited to English, or the languages of the provider.

Resources Used to Develop Tool: Clinical experience, feedback from patients

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