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Reporting of non-prescribed medication usage in remote Australia: health-seeking habits in Port Headland


Ellis, I and Deacon-Crouch, M and Bhana, A and Longley, K and Voon, N and Skinner, T, Reporting of non-prescribed medication usage in remote Australia: health-seeking habits in Port Headland, Australian Journal of Rural Health, 21, (6) pp. 350-351. ISSN 1440-1584 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/ajr.12071


Studies have indicated that the emergency department is the third most common site of hospital adverse events – many attributed to negligence.1 Because the emergency department is their first point of contact, large numbers of people are potentially exposed to mostly preventable adverse events. Further studies have indicated that the phase in care where most adverse events occur is during the medical examination and history taking.2 Clinicians in the emergency department of Port Hedland Hospital reported concern that individuals attending the emergency department were not reporting use of nonprescribed medications. Given that non-prescribed medications have the potential to cause adverse drug reactions and complementary and alternative medicines are used extensively by patients who attend Australian emergency departments,3 we sought to determine the usage of non-prescribed medications and people’s willingness to report their use in a remote town. Non-prescribed medications included bush medicines, complementary and alternative therapies and over-thecounter medicines.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:intercept survey, emergency department, medication, Aboriginal health
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Indigenous Health
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes
UTAS Author:Ellis, I (Professor Isabelle Skinner)
UTAS Author:Bhana, A (Dr Aswin Bhana)
UTAS Author:Longley, K (Mr Kieran Longley)
UTAS Author:Voon, N (Mr Nicholas Voon)
UTAS Author:Skinner, T (Professor Timothy Skinner)
ID Code:88872
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Rural Clinical School
Deposited On:2014-02-19
Last Modified:2017-12-07

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