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Accuracy of patient medications in GP referrals


Etherington, C and Cheah, D and Lightfoot, E and Doole, E and Moses, S and Arnot, R and Law, C and Cheek, CG and Prior, S and Williams, A and Mabeza, G, Accuracy of patient medications in GP referrals, Proceedings of GP17, 26-28 October 2017, Sydney, Australia (2017) [Conference Extract]

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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 patientsí 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.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:medication errors
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Rural Health
UTAS Author:Etherington, C (Dr Christopher Etherington)
UTAS Author:Cheah, D (Dr Dong Cheah)
UTAS Author:Lightfoot, E (Ms Edith Lightfoot)
UTAS Author:Doole, E (Ms Emily Doole)
UTAS Author:Moses, S (Mr Shannon Moses)
UTAS Author:Cheek, CG (Mrs Colleen Cheek)
UTAS Author:Prior, S (Dr Sarah Prior)
ID Code:125695
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Rural Clinical School
Deposited On:2018-05-01
Last Modified:2018-05-01
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