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Drug-related problems (DRPs) are well known as a frequent cause of morbidity, hospital admission and mortality. A systematic review conducted in 2002 found that 7.1 % of hospital admissions resulted from DRPs,l while the Second National Report on Patient Safety reported in 2003 that 2-4% of all hospital admissions in Australia (and up to 30% of admissions for patients over 75 years of age) were medication-related, Seventy-five percent of these DRPs were considered preventable.' DRPs that cause hospitalisation are likely to have originated during the course of the patient's community-based care; however, many occur in the community setting and donot result in presentation to a hospital. Pharmacists are frequently involved in preventing, detecting and resolving DRPs during the course of their activities. This DRP detection and resolution process can be termed a clinical intervention. Although studies have been conducted in North America3·9 and Europe.":" there is far less information available concerning the nature and frequency of community pharmacists' clinical interventions in Australia


Publication title

Australian Pharmacist








School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology


Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

Place of publication

ACT Australia

Repository Status

  • Open

Socio-economic Objectives

Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions

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