Scoring-Tool zu Identifizierung von Patienten mit erhöhtem Risiko für Arzneimittel-bezogene Probleme- Bericht einer Punkt-Prävalenzuntersuchung bei Aufnahme im Krankenhaus

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INTRODUCTION: Drug therapy is a high-risk process and requires special attention, especially at sectoral borders. Pharmaceutical services such as medication review are appropriate measures to identify drug-related problems and thus improve the safety of drug therapy. Risk-scoring tools have been described in the literature as helpful for prioritizing medication reviews for patients at high risk for drug-related problems.

METHODS: In a multi-centre point prevalence study, we identified patients at increased risk for medication-related problems at hospital admission using the medication risk tool. In addition, the current level of implementation of pharmacy services was surveyed.

RESULTS: A total of 11 (58%; 11/19) hospital pharmacies in Saxony participated in the point prevalence survey. The scoring tool identified 32% (279/875) of patients at increased risk for medication-related problems (Meris score >12 group) at admission. Thereby, the number of drugs in the Meris score >12 group was 10.6 (average; standard deviation 3.5; n=279), while in the Meris score ≤12 group it was only five drugs per patient (average 4.6; standard deviation 2.8; n=596). The age of patients in the Meris score >12 group averaged 75.9 ± 11 years, while the age of patients in the Meris score ≤12 group averaged 60.6 ± 17.9 years.

DISCUSSION: Prioritization with the help of a risk-scoring tool is essential as pharmacy services in Saxon hospitals still need to be regularly established and in order to identify patients with an increased risk for drug-related problems at an early stage.

Translated title of the contribution
Scoring tool to identify patients at increased risk for drug-related problems
results of a point prevalence study at hospital admission


Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)e113-e119
Number of pages7
JournalDeutsche medizinische Wochenschrift (1946)
Issue number23
Early online dateOct 2023
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023

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PubMedCentral PMC10637830
Scopus 85175817914
WOS 001091728500001



  • Humans, Middle Aged, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Adult, Prevalence, Hospitalization, Hospitals, Risk Factors, Cross-Sectional Studies, Pharmacists

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