Other factors are at play, but researchers have found a correlation between hospital readmissions and "pharmacy density."
Hospital readmission rates are higher in Oregon communities with limited access to pharmacy services, according to a University of Oregon study.
Researchers compared Medicare readmission rates and what they called "pharmacy density" for hospitals in different primary care service areas. The sample included 507 pharmacies and 58 hospitals in 48 service areas.
The authors suggest that community pharmacists can reduce readmission rates because they are able to "assess medication adherence, provide education, and offer self-care recommendations."
They cite previous research which found patients who received medication therapy management, including dose adjustments and self-care recommendations, were less likely to be readmitted.