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dc.contributor.authorKauppinen Hanna
dc.contributor.authorAhonen Riitta
dc.contributor.authorTimonen Johanna
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-14T05:43:48Z
dc.date.available2017-07-14T05:43:48Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.urihttps://erepo.uef.fi/handle/123456789/3481
dc.description.abstractObjectives The purpose was to explore pharmacists’ opinions regarding the impacts of electronic prescriptions (ePrescriptions) on medication safety in Finnish community pharmacies. Further objectives were to explore how often and what kinds of ambiguities or errors pharmacists have perceived in ePrescriptions. Method A survey of randomly selected dispensers (n = 1004) and pharmacists (n = 228) was conducted in 2014. Results Altogether 778 questionnaires were returned, yielding response rates of 64% (n = 635) for dispensers and 65% (n = 143) for pharmacists. The respondents felt that ePrescriptions improve medication safety in many areas: they lower the number of prescription forgeries, reduce the risk of dispensing errors, promote better management of the patient’s overall medication, facilitate monitoring of duplicative therapy and drug interactions, and lessen the risk of incorrect interpretation of prescriptions. Many respondents (32%) reported that they had weekly found ambiguities or errors in ePrescriptions that required clarification during the dispensing process. Of the respondents, 18.6% had found such ambiguities or errors daily or almost daily. The three most common ambiguities or errors in ePrescriptions were incorrect total amount of medication (79.0%), missing notation of exceptional dosage instructions or exceptional purpose of use (SIC!) (69.0%), and unclear or incorrect dosage instructions (65.4%). Incorrect strength (14.9%) and incorrect pharmaceutical form (14.2%) were also commonly experienced problems. Conclusions According to Finnish community pharmacists, the introduction of ePrescriptions has promoted medication safety in many areas. However, ambiguities and errors are common in ePrescriptions. Some of these can delay dispensing of the medicine, whereas others can cause serious risks to medication safety.en
dc.language.isoENen
dc.publisherElsevier BVen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesInternational Journal of Medical Informaticsen
dc.relation.urihttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2017.01.014en
dc.rightsAll rights reserveden
dc.subjectElectronic prescriptionen
dc.subjectMedication safetyen
dc.subjectCommunity pharmacyen
dc.subjectSurveyen
dc.subjectFinlanden
dc.titleThe impact of electronic prescriptions on medication safety in Finnish community pharmacies: A survey of pharmacistsen
dc.description.versionfinal draften
dc.contributor.departmentSchool of Pharmacy, Activitiesen
uef.solecris.id45034037en
dc.type.publicationinfo:eu-repo/semantics/articleen
dc.rights.accessrights© Elsevier B.Ven
dc.relation.doi10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2017.01.014en
dc.description.reviewstatuspeerRevieweden
dc.format.pagerange56-62en
dc.publisher.countryIrlantien
dc.relation.issn1386-5056en
dc.relation.volume100en
dc.rights.accesslevelopenAccessen
dc.type.okmA1en
dc.type.versioninfo:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersionen


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