Results: 1323 consecutive patients were screened. 309 patients were excluded (164 cognitively impaired, 133 readmitted during study period, and 12 unable to verify). 1014 patients were enrolled; 46.9% patients were male (M=61) and 53.1% female (M=66). 49.5% of patients were able to correctly recall all outpatient prescription medications. Age increased with more medications (Figure 1) and was significantly higher in the medication number groupings of 2-5 (p<0.001) and >5 (p<0.001) compared to other groups (F(3,1010)=62.63, p<0.001). Percent accuracy decreased with more medications (Figure 1), but none of the dummy variables used for number of medications were significant predictors of accurate medication history; this remained true when controlled for age and sex. Increased age lowered the odds (p<0.001) and females had higher odds (p<0.01) of an accurate medication history controlling for all other variables. The overall model was significant (χ2(5)=413.21, McFadden R2=0.29, p<0.001).
Conclusions: Newly admitted inpatients perform poorly when asked to list their outpatient medications. Patient age and gender are related to patient inability to accurately recall all medications by name. Total prescribed medications increase, on average, with advancing age. As such, difficulties with prescription knowledge are amplified in the elderly. This may directly impact the medication reconciliation process and the safe transition to inpatient care. Medication histories, particularly in older patients taking more than five medications, are suspect and should be verified by collateral sources.
To cite this abstract:VanHook, CJ; Warner, B; Taylor, A; Gould, J; Mba, U; Laredo, R; Beer, M; O'Neil, C; Wei, E; Laursen, A; Carr, F . FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ABILITY OF INPATIENTS TO RECALL THEIR OUTPATIENT PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION LIST. Abstract published at Hospital Medicine 2017, May 1-4, 2017; Las Vegas, Nev. Abstract 272. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2017; 12 (suppl 2). https://www.shmabstracts.com/abstract/factors-associated-with-the-ability-of-inpatients-to-recall-their-outpatient-prescription-medication-list/. Accessed April 1, 2020.