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People at home usually administer medication to themselves. With appropriate checks and controls, it is logical for some hospital inpatients to have custody of, and administer their own medicines. Self-administration encourages patients to take responsibility for their medication, thereby improving concordance on discharge and reducing wastage.

A scheme will be implemented where patients are assessed for their ability to manage their medication. A programme of supervision and education can then be assigned to them, to prepare them for the home situation.


Policy Details

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Compiled by: Baljinder Ahitan
Ratified by: Drugs and Therapeutics Committee
Date Ratified: March 2018
Date Issued: July 2018
Review Date: March 2020
Target Audience:  
Contact name: Lisa Jackson


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