Transitions of Care
Transitions of Care 2002:
Transition of care is the movement of patients from one health care practitioner or setting to another as their condition and care needs change. It occurs 1) within settings, such as primary care and specialty care in the context of care in the community 2) between settings, such as someone who moves from the hospital to the rehabilitation facility, and it occurs 3) based on health status, such as moving from curative to palliative care. AMCP supports the role of pharmacists in ensuring the continuity of a patient’s medication therapy regimen when moving among these diverse health care settings. Pharmacists analyze and communicate information about the safety, effectiveness and outcomes of drug therapy to other health care providers to ensure appropriate continuity of drug therapy. Additionally, pharmacists serve the needs of patients and caregivers by providing consultation that helps them understand their medication, the dosing and possible side effects while encouraging adherence as the patient moves from one setting to another.