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A Case Study: The Implementation of the Meds to Beds Program On the Gynecology/Oncology Unit at a UPMC Hospital

Undavalli, Maira (2020) A Case Study: The Implementation of the Meds to Beds Program On the Gynecology/Oncology Unit at a UPMC Hospital. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Patients with complex conditions are being discharged with treatment plans, often with specialized medications, they cannot afford or not readily available in retail pharmacies. By not taking the prescribed discharge medications correctly, a patient can experience a worsening of their health condition and a decreasing effectiveness of their treatment plan. 5800 is a 28-bed Gynecology/Oncology Unit at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital and provides care for all types of women’s cancers. In June 2018, 5800 and the outpatient pharmacy (OPRx) piloted the Meds to Beds (MTB) program, a bedside delivery program for discharge medications, to ensure patients leave the hospital with their prescribed medications, follow their medication regimen and treatment plan, and reduce the unit’s readmission rates. Using 30-day readmission data and survey responses from 5800 nursing staff and from the outpatient pharmacy (OPRx) staff, this paper evaluates the implementation of the MTB program, its success in reducing 30-day readmission rates, and staff satisfaction with the program.

The implementation of the MTB program has a public health relevance because it addresses the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) triple aim: improving patient quality, reducing costs for the hospital, and increasing patient accessibility to prescribed medications.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Undavalli, Mairasau10@pitt.edusau10
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFriede, Samuelfriede@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberBerenbrok, Lucasberenbro@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberRoss, Johnannerossj6@upmc.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 2 April 2020
Date Type: Submission
Defense Date: 2 April 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 50
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MHA - Master of Health Administration
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2020 14:46
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2020 14:46


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