EPITOME (Enhanced Patient Safety Intervention to Optimize Medication Education) Tools

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EPITOME (Enhanced Patient Safety Intervention to Optimize Medication Education) Tools

Description

EPITOME (Enhanced Patient Safety Intervention to Optimize Medication Education) is an evidence-based, multi-modal patient medication education program. It draws on health behavior change theory and utilizes a multidisciplinary approach, including structured medication education, administrative support and staff training, established quality improvement techniques, and consistent use of adjunctive and supportive information technology and automated systems, to maximize the impact of medication education provided to patients and increase the program’s sustainability.

EPITOME provides real-time bedside teaching to patients about their medications. This education is spread over the entire hospital stay, rather than being compressed into the day of discharge and includes nurse education as well as clinical pharmacist consultation for patients with more complex medication regimens.

The EPITOME Web site offers two tools to help implement the program:

  • Health behavior change training video
  • EPITOME pocket card

Developer:

University of Pittsburgh, Critical Care Medicine

Funding Sources:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

History

Release Date: 2005
Original Summary: August 2008
Last Updated: 11/10/08

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