Hospital Readmissions Linked to Lack of Pharmacy Access

Pharmacy Times article by Katie Eder details results from a new study showing communities with significantly less access to pharmacies tend to see higher hospital readmission rates.

Below is an excerpt from the article:

The study recently published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association examined community pharmacy density across 48 rural and urban primary care service areas of Oregon and how it correlated with readmission rates at Oregon’s 58 hospitals.

Areas with fewer than 350 cumulative outpatient pharmacy hours were considered low density, medium-density areas had 350 to 1000 hours of cumulative pharmacy hours, and high-density areas had more than 1000 cumulative pharmacy hours.

Unsurprisingly, rural hospitals were more likely to reside in areas with low pharmacy density, while urban hospitals were more likely to be in areas with high pharmacy density. In one of Oregon’s rural communities, there was a single pharmacy open 54 hours a week. Comparatively, some major urban areas had multiple pharmacies collectively open more than 3800 hours a week.

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