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The hospital LIMM-based clinical pharmacy service improves the quality of the patient medication process and saves time
  1. Tommy Eriksson1,
  2. Lydia Holmdahl2,
  3. Patrik Midlöv3,
  4. Peter Höglund1,
  5. Åsa Bondesson1
  1. 1Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Laboratory Medicine, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
  2. 2Department of Medicine, Lund University Hospital, Lund, Sweden
  3. 3Clinical Sciences in Malmö, General Practice/Family Medicine, Lund, Sweden

Abstract

Objective The Lund Integrated Medicines Management (LIMM) model improves the patient medication process and reduces primary care contact and rehospitalisation. The objective was to evaluate the quality of medication management activities and the time spent on these activities using the LIMM model in hospital and primary care.

Methods Questionnaires were distributed to physicians and nurses in hospitals, with and without the LIMM model, and in primary care. A time study of the activities of clinical pharmacists was also performed.

Results Responses were received from 67 physicians and nurses working in hospitals and 210 in primary care. The respondents thought that the quality of medication management would be much improved using the LIMM model. The model was associated with total median time savings by nurses and physicians of at least 1 h per patient, while the clinical pharmacist spent only 1 h with each patient.

Conclusion The LIMM model reduced the total time required for each patient by at least 1 h and improved the quality of the process.

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