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Medication Error Rate in Transition of Care: General Practitioner (GP) Referrals to a Regional Emergency Department
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-20, 08:38 authored by Sarah PriorSarah Prior, Cheek, C, Cheah, D, Christopher EtheringtonChristopher Etherington, Abigail WilliamsAbigail Williams, Nicole ReevesNicole Reeves
Medication errors have a significant impact on patient outcomes, increase healthcare costs, and are a common cause of preventable morbidity. This single-site, observational, diagnostic accuracy study aimed to quantify medication discrepancies in transition of care from primary care to the emergency department (ED) over a 12-month period. Medication lists in General Practitioner (GP) referrals to a regional ED were examined against a Best Possible Medication History (BPMH) performed by a hospital pharmacist. One hundred and forty-three patients (25%) with computergenerated GP referrals to ED who were subsequently admitted to hospital had a BPMH taken; 135 (94%) of these had at least one medication discrepancy identified with a discrepancy rate of 67.18 discrepancies per 100 medications. Improving medication reconciliation in the community may reduce the burden associated with preventable medication errors. Whether this is achieved by more frequent GP-led medication review or community-based pharmacist medication review may depend on the community and available resources.
Department/SchoolTasmanian School of Medicine
PublisherM D P I AG
Place of publicationSwitzerland
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