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Linda Barstow, Erika Herman, Heidi Phillips, Patrick Maloney
OBJECTIVES: We quantify and describe emergency department antibiotic discharge prescription dosing errors for pediatric patients in a community hospital health system. METHODS: This was a retrospective chart review evaluating emergency department discharge prescriptions written between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. Pediatric patients who received a prescription for an oral antibiotic were included in error analysis if they had a weight updated in the electronic medical record during the encounter...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Janelle Guirguis-Blake, Gina A Keppel, John Holmes, Rex W Force, William Kriegsman, Laura-Mae Baldwin
Background: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at high risk for adverse drug events related to medication dosing errors and prescriptions for relatively contraindicated medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Objectives: To examine the scope of and variation in prescribing relatively contraindicated medications and medications above the recommended dose levels among patients with stage III/IV CKD in primary care practice...
February 26, 2018: Family Practice
Puja Patel, Jules C Beal, Shlomo Shinnar
BACKGROUND: This study aims to improve the rate of folic acid supplementation to adolescent women with epilepsy on an antiepileptic drug (AED) regimen seen by the pediatric neurology providers at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, in compliance with the 2009 American Academy of Neurology and American Epilepsy Society practice parameter. METHODS: We designed a quality improvement study with implementation of a series of interventions and compared folic acid supplementation rates before and after intervention...
December 14, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
Farshid Hajati, Evan Atlantis, Katy J L Bell, Federico Girosi
OBJECTIVES: We examine the extent to which the adult Australian population on lipid-lowering medications receives the level of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) testing recommended by national guidelines. DATA: We analysed records from 7 years (2008-2014) of the 10% publicly available sample of deidentified, individual level, linked Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) electronic databases of Australia. METHODS: The PBS data were used to identify individuals on stable prescriptions of lipid-lowering treatment...
March 8, 2018: BMJ Open
Ingunn Björnsdottir, Guri Birgitte Verne
BACKGROUND: Data from large electronic databases are increasingly used in epidemiological research, but golden standards for database validation remain elusive. The Prescription Registry (IPR) and the National Health Service (NHS) databases in Iceland have not undergone formal validation, and gross errors have repeatedly been found in Icelandic statistics on pharmaceuticals. In 2015, new amphetamine tablets entered the Icelandic market, but were withdrawn half a year later due to being substandard...
February 27, 2018: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
Thomas R Radomski, Felicia R Bixler, Susan L Zickmund, KatieLynn M Roman, Carolyn T Thorpe, Jennifer A Hale, Florentina E Sileanu, Leslie R M Hausmann, Joshua M Thorpe, Katie J Suda, Kevin T Stroupe, Adam J Gordon, Chester B Good, Michael J Fine, Walid F Gellad
BACKGROUND: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has implemented robust strategies to monitor prescription opioid dispensing, but these strategies have not accounted for opioids prescribed by non-VA providers. State-based prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are a potential tool to identify VA patients' receipt of opioids from non-VA prescribers, and recent legislation requires their use within VA. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate VA physicians' perspectives and experiences regarding use of PDMPs to monitor Veterans' receipt of opioids from non-VA prescribers...
March 8, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Luisella Cianferotti, Simone Parri, Giorgio Gronchi, Gemma Marcucci, Cristiana Cipriani, Jessica Pepe, Marco Raglianti, Salvatore Minisola, Maria Luisa Brandi
Epidemiological data on prevalence and incidence of chronic hypoparathyroidism are still scarce. This study aimed to establish prevalence of chronic hypoparathyroidism and incidence of surgical hypoparathyroidism using the analysis of electronic anonymous public health care database. Data referred to a 5-year period (2009-2013, Region of Tuscany, Italy, as a sample representative of the whole Mediterranean/European population, estimated mean population: 3,750,000 inhabitants) were retrieved by the analysis of pharmaceutical distribution dataset, containing data related to drugs reimbursed by public health system, hospital discharge and procedures codes, and ICD9 exemption codes for chronic diseases...
March 8, 2018: Calcified Tissue International
Caitlin Hamilton, Meryl Lovarini, Annie McCluskey, Tarcisio Folly de Campos, Leanne Hassett
PURPOSE: To synthesise therapist experiences of using feedback-based technology for physical rehabilitation through a systematic review of qualitative studies. METHODS: Ten electronic databases were searched up to March 2017. Peer reviewed studies that provided qualitative data that met the inclusion criteria were selected. The methodological quality of included studies was assessed using the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme. Relevant text from each study was extracted including quotes and the author's interpretations...
March 7, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Sheyu Li, Chuan Yu, Yun Li, Qianrui Li, Rui Zhang, Qingtao Hou, Tao Zheng, Yi Ma, Miye Wang, Na Su, Ting Wu, Zhiwen Liu, Xia Sheng, Nan Li, Guanjian Liu, Yong Huang, Ting Xu, Xin Sun, Haoming Tian
AIM: To describe the characteristics of inpatients with diabetes in a tertiary hospital in China using an electronic medical record (EMR)-based database. METHODS: We identified the medical records of all patients with diabetes from nonpediatric departments of West China Hospital, Sichuan University (from February 2009 to December 2013), and extracted information on demographic, diagnosis, discharge outcome, department of discharge, laboratory test, and prescription from the EMR system...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Evidence-based Medicine
Ginah Nightingale, Laura T Pizzi, Ashley Barlow, Brooke Barlow, Timothy Jacisin, Matthew McGuire, Kristine Swartz, Andrew Chapman
OBJECTIVES: Drug-drug interactions (DDIs) represent an escalating concern for older adults attributed to polypharmacy, multi-morbidity and organ dysfunction. Few studies have evaluated the prevalence of major DDIs and the variability between DDI detection software which confuses management. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prevalence of major DDIs was examined as a secondary analysis of outpatients aged ≥65 years. Demographic and clinical information was collected from electronic health records including age, sex, race, cancer type, comorbidities, and medications...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
E Matifat, K Perreault, M Gagné, M Léveillé, F Desmeules
BACKGROUND: To improve the efficiency of the health care system, new interprofessional models of care are emerging. In 2015, two provincial professional colleges, regulating the practice of physiotherapists and that of pharmacists in the province of Québec, Canada, developed a new interprofessional model of care. This model is designed to guide non-prescription medication recommendations by physiotherapists treating patients in primary care with neuromusculoskeletal disorders (NMSKD) with the collaboration of pharmacists...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
Masaaki Ishibashi, Masakazu Ishii, Miku Nagano, Yuji Kiuchi, Sanju Iwamoto
 Previous reports suggested that sharing outpatient information during chemotherapy is very important for managing pharmaceutical usage between community pharmacies and hospitals. We herein examined using a questionnaire survey whether pharmaceutical management for outpatient chemotherapy is desired by community and hospital pharmacists. The response rates were 44.3% (133/300) for pharmacists in community pharmacies and 53.7% (161/300) for pharmacists in hospitals. Prescriptions for outpatients during chemotherapy were issued at 88...
2018: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
Yelin Deniz, Rick T van Uum, Marieke L A de Hoog, Anne G M Schilder, Roger A M J Damoiseaux, Roderick P Venekamp
BACKGROUND: Clinical practice guidelines focusing on judicious use of antibiotics for childhood acute otitis media (AOM) have been introduced in many countries around the world. OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the effects of these guidelines on the prescription of antibiotics and analgesics for children with AOM. METHODS: Systematic searches of PubMed, Embase and Cochrane Library from inception to 6 June 2017 using broad search terms. Studies specifically aimed at evaluating the effects of introduction of national AOM practice guidelines on type of antibiotic and/or analgesic prescriptions were included, irrespective of design, setting or language...
March 3, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
Karin Lisspers, Christer Janson, Kjell Larsson, Gunnar Johansson, Gunilla Telg, Marcus Thuresson, Björn Ställberg
BACKGROUND: Asthma is often associated with other diseases. To identify and manage comorbidities is important, as these conditions may increase the disease burden. OBJECTIVE: To describe the prevalence of comorbidities, disease burden and mortality across age groups in a large Swedish primary care real-life asthma population. METHODS: Observational cohort study of asthma patients, all ages, identified from electronic medical records by ICD-10-CM code, data from 36 primary care centers...
March 2018: Respiratory Medicine
Lucia Cea-Soriano, Luis A García-Rodríguez, Kimberly G Brodovicz, Elvira Masso Gonzalez, Dorothee B Bartels, Sonia Hernández-Díaz
AIMS: To evaluate the association between use of non-insulin antidiabetics in early pregnancy and the risk of miscarriages, stillbirths and major structural malformations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cohort of 1,511 pregnancies in women with pre-gestational diabetes linked to livebirths was identified using electronic medical records from The Health Improvement Network (THIN) for the period 1995 to 2012. Information on prescriptions, foetal outcomes, and potential confounders was ascertained from both codes and free text in THIN database...
March 2, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
Lies De Bock, Eline Tommelein, Hans Baekelandt, Wim Maes, Koen Boussery, Annemie Somers
For the majority of Belgian hospitals, a pharmacist-led full medication review process is not standard care and, therefore, challenging to introduce. With this study, we aimed to evaluate the successes and barriers of the implementation of a pharmacist-led full medication review process in the geriatric ward at a local Belgian hospital. To this end, we carried out an interventional study, performing a full medication review on older patients (≥70 years) with polypharmacy (≥5 drugs) who had an unplanned admission to the geriatric ward...
February 28, 2018: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
Alberto Dolara
Nonadherence to medications is common in cardiovascular diseases because of their long duration, the patient age and the complexity of therapy. Its prevalence depends on the population, the types of drugs and the disease under study. Adherence decreases from the initial prescription and it is usually under 80%, a value defined as satisfactory. Adverse outcomes of nonadherence consist of an increase in ambulatory visits and hospitalization and death rates. The causes of nonadherence are multiple and depend on the patient, the type of medication, the healthcare professional, and the health system...
February 2018: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
Ellen M Raney, Harold J P van Bosse, Kevin G Shea, Joshua M Abzug, Richard M Schwend
INTRODUCTION: The opioid epidemic in the United States has reached crisis proportions. Urgent response is needed. Hydrocodone in combination with acetaminophen is the most prescribed drug in the United States. The most common source of opioids available for misuse is the unused portions of postoperative prescriptions. Among high school seniors, 80% of those who reported nonmedical use of prescription opioids previously had legitimate prescriptions but recreationally used leftover doses...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Bridgette L Kram, Jennifer M Schultheis, Shawn J Kram, Christopher E Cox
PURPOSE: To evaluate whether a pharmacist-initiated electronic handoff tool can reduce the overall, and potentially inappropriate, hospital discharge prescribing rate of atypical antipsychotics (AAP) initiated in AAP-naive critically ill adults. METHODS: This pre-post quality improvement study was initiated in 5 intensive care units (ICUs) at a large academic medical center. An electronic handoff tool (iVent) was utilized in the post-intervention period to enhance pharmacist communication at inpatient transitions of care...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Sandhya Mehta, Sabyasachi Ghosh, Stephen Sander, Effie Kuti, William K Mountford
BACKGROUND: Multiple studies have reported that type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (CVD), and presence of T2DM and CVD increases risk of death. There is growing interest in examining the effects of antidiabetic treatments on the reduction of cardiovascular events in T2DM adults with a history of CVD and thus at higher risk of cardiovascular events. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the incremental all-cause health care utilization and costs among adults with T2DM and a history of CVD compared with adults without a history of CVD, using a national linked electronic medical records (EMR) and claims database...
March 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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