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Retrospective evaluation of healthcare utilisation and mortality of two post-discharge care programmes in Singapore
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    Retrospective evaluation of costs and types of medications dispensed to patients discharged from hospital to primary care clinic in Malaysia
    • Kok Pim Kua, Pharmacist & Researcher Puchong Health Clinic, Ministry of Health Malaysia
    • Other Contributors:
      • Ming Hui Liew, Chief Pharmacist
      • Muhamad Fahmi Jamil, Pharmacist
      • Yan Wen Voon, Pharmacist
      • Shaun Wen Huey Lee, Associate Professor in Pharmacy

    The study reported by Ang and co-workers is of great interest to health care providers, especially in view of its publication in a journal read by a general medical audience. It elegantly delineates two programmes that were launched in Singapore to facilitate the safe transition from acute hospital to the home of patients and aimed to decrease inpatient admissions and emergency department attendances, reduce the total inpatient length of stay, and diminish the expenses of care of patients [1].

    In Malaysia, we have an integrated care transitions programme that enables stable patients discharged from hospital admissions to undergo subsequent care and continuous treatment follow-ups at designated primary health centres. For more than a decade, Ministry of Health Malaysia has commenced a discharge referral service to ensure the continuity of care and supply of medications with minimal discrepancies when patients are transferred from hospitals to health clinics.

    Whilst the Guidelines for Inpatient Pharmacy Practice has been published to consolidate pharmaceutical care activities in both the outpatient and inpatient settings, little is known about the patterns of medications supplied to patients with stable chronic illnesses who receive follow-up care in primary care centres in Malaysia. To address the information gap on the costs and prescribing patterns of chronic medications in primary care settings, we analysed data from an urbanised government-funded health cl...

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