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Accuracy of patient medications in GP referrals

conference contribution
posted on 2023-05-24, 17:33 authored by Christopher EtheringtonChristopher Etherington, Cheah, D, Lightfoot, E, Emily DooleEmily Doole, Moses, S, Arnot, R, Law, C, Cheek, CG, Sarah PriorSarah Prior, Williams, A, Mabeza, G

For patients attending the Emergency Department (ED) the GP referral letter provides important information for the ED physician, who is expected to assess and treat patients within 10 minutes to 2 hours of their arrival depending on the patients acuity.

A 2008 Australian study found 87% of GP referrals had one or more discrepancy in the patients’ regular medications and 62% had one or more regular medication discrepancy of moderate to high significance.

We sought to quantify the medication discrepancies for patients presenting to North West Regional Hospital (NWRH) ED, with the overall objective of increasing awareness of potential errors.


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Proceedings of GP17


Tasmanian School of Medicine


Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

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GP17 RACGP Conference

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Sydney, Australia

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Rural and remote area health

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