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Yan Yan, Li Liu, Jing Zeng, Liang Zhang
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to improve the management quality of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in rural areas. METHODS: Two hundred forty discharged COPD patients were divided into an intervention group and a control group. In the intervention group, 120 patients established contact with doctors through the network consulting room, namely doctor's mobile platform, and were managed through video, voice, and text by the doctors, and kept in close contact with the doctors after discharge (education, consultation), and received electronic prescriptions, and drugs were sent to the door by online retailers...
March 20, 2018: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
Elina Lämsä, Johanna Timonen, Riitta Ahonen
BACKGROUND: One of the forerunners in electronic health, Finland has introduced electronic prescriptions (ePrescriptions) nationwide by law. This has led to significant changes for pharmacy customers. Despite the worldwide ambition to develop ePrescription services, there are few reports of nationally adopted systems and particularly on the experiences of pharmacy customers. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate Finnish pharmacy customers' (1) experiences with purchasing medicines with ePrescriptions; (2) experiences with renewing ePrescriptions and acting on behalf of someone else at the pharmacy; (3) ways in which customers keep up to date with their ePrescriptions; and (4) overall satisfaction with ePrescriptions...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Angela Ai, Adrian Wong, Mary Amato, Adam Wright
Importance: Electronic prescribing promises to improve the safety and clarity of prescriptions. However, it also can introduce miscommunication between prescribers and pharmacists. There are situations where information that is meant to be sent to pharmacists is not sent to them, which has the potential for dangerous errors. Objective: To examine how frequently prescribers or administrative personnel put information intended for pharmacists in a field not sent to pharmacists, classify the type of information included, and assess the potential harm associated with these missed messages...
February 21, 2018: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
H M R B Omer, J Hodson, S K Pontefract, U Martin
BACKGROUND: Falls are common during hospital admissions and may occur more frequently in patients who are taking antihypertensive medications, particularly in the context of normal to low blood pressure. The review and adjustment of these medications is an essential aspect of the post-fall assessment and should take place as soon as possible after the fall. Our aim was to investigate whether appropriate post-fall adjustments of antihypertensive medications are routinely made in a large National Health Service (NHS) Trust...
February 23, 2018: BMC Geriatrics
Luis Pérez de Llano, Abel Pallares Sanmartin, Francisco Javier González-Barcala, Mar Mosteiro-Añón, Dolores Corbacho Abelaira, Raquel Dacal Quintas, María Merino Ventosa
INTRODUCTION: This study was aimed at evaluating whether once-daily regimens (od-r) show benefits in adherence when compared to twice-daily (td-r). METHODS: Prospective, multicenter, 6-month follow-up study with two visits. The main objective was to compare adherence assessed by the electronic prescription refill rate (EPRR) and by the 10-item Test of Adherence to Inhalers (TAI) in patients with od-r and td-r. Suboptimal adherence was defined as TAI < 50 or EPRR ≤ 80%...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
Christian Greis, Christine Meier Zürcher, Vahid Djamei, Andreas Moser, Stephan Lautenschlager, Alexander A Navarini
BACKGROUND: Digital health services are rapidly gaining acceptance in healthcare systems. Dermatology as an image-centric specialty is particularly well suited for telemedical services. However, dermatology patients' demands of electronic services remain largely unexplored. METHODS: This study investigated patients' views in primary, secondary, and tertiary referral centers. In August 2017, 841 questionnaires were filled in by dermatology patients. RESULTS: 76...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
Fatema Aljasmi, Fatema Almalood, Ahmed Al Ansari
Background: One of the important activities that physicians - particularly general practitioners - perform is prescribing. It occurs in most health care facilities and especially in primary health care (PHC) settings. Objectives: This study aims to determine what types of prescribing errors are made in PHC at Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) Hospital, and how common they are. Methods: This was a retrospective study of data from PHC at BDF Hospital...
2018: Drug, Healthcare and Patient Safety
Syed Mohamed Aljunid, Saad Ahmed Ali Jadoo
The steady growth of pharmaceutical expenditures is a major concern for health policy makers and health care managers in Malaysia. Our study examined the factors affecting the total inpatient pharmacy cost (TINPC) at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC). In this retrospective study, we used 2011 administration electronic prescriptions records and casemix databases at UKMMC to examine the impact of sociodemographic, diagnostic, and drug variables on the TINPC. Bivariate and multivariate analyses of the factors associated with TINPC were conducted...
January 2018: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
F van Stiphout, J E F Zwart-van Rijkom, J Versmissen, H Koffijberg, J E C M Aarts, I H van der Sijs, T van Gelder, R A de Man, C B Roes, A C G Egberts, E W M T Ter Braak
AIMS: Electronic prescribing systems may improve medication safety, but only when used appropriately. Effects of a task-analysis based training were evaluated in the outpatient setting on clinical, learning and behavioral outcomes, compared with usual educational approach. METHODS: Multicenter, cluster-randomized trial (MEDUCATE trial) with physicians as unit of analysis. SETTING: Outpatient clinics of two academic hospitals. PARTICIPANTS: Specialist and residents of internal medicine and their patients...
February 4, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Minh-Nha Rhylie Nguyen, Cassandra Mosel, Luke E Grzeskowiak
Background: Medication errors represent a significant but often preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in neonates. The objective of this systematic review was to determine the effectiveness of interventions to reduce neonatal medication errors. Methods: A systematic review was undertaken of all comparative and noncomparative studies published in any language, identified from searches of PubMed and EMBASE and reference-list checking. Eligible studies were those investigating the impact of any medication safety interventions aimed at reducing medication errors in neonates in the hospital setting...
February 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety
Miguel Angel Fernández García, Antonio Olry de Labry Lima, Ingrid Ferrer Lopez, Clara Bermúdez-Tamayo
Background: To analyse trends in the rates of consumption of benzodiazepine (BZD) anxiolytics, BZD hypnotics and non-BZD hypnotics and the association with contextual factors. Methods: Descriptive time series study. Units of analysis were monthly dose per inhabitant per day (DID) and dose per medical card per day(DCD) of benzodiazepine(BZD anxiolytics(BZD-A), BZD hypnotics(BZD-H) and non-BZD hypnotics(Non-BZD-H) between January 2006-December 2015. We analysed 6 primary healthcare districts(PHD) and used defined daily doses (DDDs) to calculate the monthly DIDs(overall and by ATC group)...
2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice
Eva Salgado, José Ramón Maneiro Fernández, Alejandro Souto Vilas, Juan J Gómez-Reino
To perform a transcultural adaptation and validation of a Spanish version of the compliance questionnaire in rheumatology (sCQR). In this transversal study of transcultural adaptation of the sCQR, validity was evaluated in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and a minimum 6-month follow-up by determining compliance with the electronic prescription system in consuming steroids or nonbiologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs. A two-week retest was proposed to all patients. All patients completed the health assessment questionnaire (HAQ), and the Morisky-Green test was also performed...
January 22, 2018: Rheumatology International
Yuze Yang, Stacy Ward-Charlerie, Ajit A Dhavle, Michael T Rupp, James Green
BACKGROUND: The prescriber's directions to the patient (Sig) are one of the most quality-sensitive components of a prescription order. Owing to their free-text format, the Sig data that are transmitted in electronic prescriptions (e-prescriptions) have the potential to produce interpretation challenges at receiving pharmacies that may threaten patient safety and also negatively affect medication labeling and patient counseling. Ensuring that all data transmitted in the e-prescription are complete and unambiguous is essential for minimizing disruptions in workflow at prescribers' offices and receiving pharmacies and optimizing the safety and effectiveness of patient care...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Claire Hamel, Lionel Tortolano, Elisabeth Bermudez, Romain Desmaris, Sébastien Klein, Florian Slimano, François Lemare
BACKGROUND: Systematic prescription analyses by clinical pharmacists result in pharmacist interventions (PIs) to reduce prescription errors and improve medication safety. PIs are particularly critical in oncology, because antineoplastic drugs are highly toxic with low therapeutic indexes especially in a pediatric population. The aim of this study is to describe PIs in a pediatric oncology department and to identify potential risk factors associated with prescription errors. PROCEDURE: We conducted a 20-month observational study in a pediatric oncology department concerning electronic prescription of injectable chemotherapies was conducted...
April 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Matthew E Hirschtritt, Steven Chan, Wilson O Ly
Preliminary evidence from observational and cohort studies suggests that replacement of paper- and phone-based medication prescriptions with electronic prescribing systems in ambulatory settings is associated with decreased medication errors. However, problems from traditional prescribing also occur with e-prescribing (such as incorrect medication dose and instructions or wrong patient), as do some new problems (a confusing user interface leading to prescribing the wrong medication). The authors present four steps for reducing medication errors in outpatient psychiatric settings: continuing to implement e-prescribing, streamlining user interfaces, improving interoperability among various e-prescribing and retail pharmacy systems, and using education and advocacy to achieve these goals...
December 15, 2017: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
Hamish A Jamieson, Prasad S Nishtala, Richard Scrase, Joanne M Deely, Rebecca Abey-Nesbit, Martin J Connolly, Sarah N Hilmer, Darrell R Abernethy, Philip J Schluter
BACKGROUND: Adverse outcomes associated with advanced diseases are often exacerbated by polypharmacy. OBJECTIVES: The current study investigated an association between exposure to anticholinergic and sedative medicines and falls in community-dwelling older people, after controlling for potential confounders. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cross-sectional study of a continuously recruited national cohort of community-dwelling New Zealanders aged 65 years and over...
January 2018: Drugs & Aging
Tatjana Stojković, Olaf Rose, Ronja Woltersdorf, Valentina Marinković, Tanja Manser, Ulrich Jaehde
BACKGROUND: Medicine dispensing represents an error-prone activity, carrying a considerable risk for patients. OBJECTIVE: To prospectively identify and prioritize potential failure modes in the medicine dispensing process as well as to develop corrective actions for patient safety improvement in German community pharmacies. METHOD: Failure mode and effects analysis was performed in 2 community pharmacies in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, in October 2016...
December 7, 2017: International Journal of Health Planning and Management
John Busby, Liam Murray, Ken Mills, Shu-Dong Zhang, Fabio Liberante, Chris R Cardwell
PURPOSE: We applied a novel combined connectivity mapping and pharmacoepidemiological approach to identify medications that alter breast cancer risk. METHODS: The connectivity mapping process identified 6 potentially cancer-causing (meloxicam, azithromycin, rizatriptan, citalopram, rosiglitazone, and verapamil) and 4 potentially cancer-preventing (bendroflumethiazide, sertraline, fluvastatin, and budesonide) medications that were suitable for pharmacoepidemiological investigation...
January 2018: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Sarah Lewis, Tessa Langley, Julia Lacey, Rob Skelly, Mark Norwood, Nigel Sturrock, Andrew Fogarty
We hypothesised that delays in providing non-urgent medication step-downs at weekends to medical management may be associated with increased length of stay.In a novel use of electronic prescribing data, we analysed emergency admissions from a busy acute medical hospital over 52 weeks from November 2014 to October 2015. The main outcomes of interest were switching from intravenous antibiotics to oral antibiotics and stopping nebulised bronchodilators. The rate of switching from intravenous to oral antibiotics was lower on Saturdays and Sundays compared with weekdays, and the rate of stopping nebulised bronchodilators was similarly lower at weekends (p<0...
December 2017: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
Gili Kadmon, Michal Pinchover, Avichai Weissbach, Shirley Kogan Hazan, Elhanan Nahum
OBJECTIVE: To assess the prolonged impact of computerized physician order entry (CPOE) on medication prescription errors in pediatric intensive care patients. STUDY DESIGN: This observational study was conducted at a pediatric intensive care unit in which a CPOE (Metavision, iMDsoft, Israel) with a limited clinical decision support system was implemented between 2004 and 2007. Since then, no changes were made to the systems. We analyzed 2500 electronic prescriptions (1250 prescriptions from 2015 and 1250 prescriptions from 2016)...
November 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
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