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Completeness and legibility of handwritten prescriptions in Sana'a, Yemen


Mohammed Al-Worafi, Y and Patel, RP and Zaidi, STR and Mohammed Alseragi, W and Saeed Almutairi, M and Saleh Alkhoshaiban, A and Ming, LC, Completeness and legibility of handwritten prescriptions in Sana'a, Yemen, Medical Principles and Practice, 27, (3) pp. 290-292. ISSN 1011-7571 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1159/000487307


Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the completeness and legibility of prescriptions dispensed in community pharmacies located in Sana'a, Yemen.

Materials and methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted at 23 randomly selected community pharmacies throughout the capital city of Sana'a, Yemen, from May 2015 to January 2016. A total of 2,178 prescriptions were analyzed for the essential elements of a complete prescription using a validated checklist.

Results: Of the 2,178 prescriptions, 19 (0.87%) were considered to be of good quality. The remaining 2,159 (99.12%) were considered as being of very poor quality. Writing errors relating to patients and prescribed medications were the most common errors.

Conclusion: In this study, the quality of prescription writing was found to be very poor. Hence, continuous professional development programs are recommended to improve the quality of prescription writing among physicians. Future studies in other cities and investigation of the impact of continuous educational programs on the quality of prescription writing are strongly recommended.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:computerized physician order entry; medication error; medication safety; pharmacy practice; prescribing error
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Research Field:Clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Treatment of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Patel, RP (Dr Rahul Patel)
UTAS Author:Zaidi, STR (Dr Tabish Razi Zaidi)
UTAS Author:Ming, LC (Dr Long Ming)
ID Code:152514
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2022-08-19
Last Modified:2022-09-30

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