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PRESCRIPTION ERRORS INCREASED BY E-DISCHARGE

Patients are nearly three times more likely to be given the wrong medicines due to errors in their hospital discharge letter if it is sent electronically, according to research presented at a recent health conference at the University of East Anglia.

“The main problem is doctors selecting the wrong medicine from drop down lists which were not available to them in the days of hand written discharge letters,” said clinical pharmacist Keshma Patel, who presented her research on electronic communication methods within the NHS at the two-day Health Services Research and Pharmacy Practice (HSRPP) conference.

“Several hospital trusts have now adopted electronic versions of these letters.  Research conducted at UEA with Basildon and Thurock hospital NHS Trust suggests that the likelihood of an error in an electronic letter is nearly three times greater than for the traditional paper letters.

“Historically, when patients left hospital, a letter was prepared for the GP to communicate necessary information including details of the patient’s prescribed medication.

“But with ever tighter targets for NHS hospitals and advances in technology there has been greater adoption of electronic communication methods within the NHS.”

References

Full conference programme available: www.hsrpp.org.uk

Published on: July 6, 2011

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