- Education and Research
What was done?:
A study was carried out to investigate the effect of a training intervention on the prevalence of prescribing errors found in an outpatient electronic prescribing system currently in use. Audit and feedback methods were used. Prescription audits were carried out before and after the delivery of a classroom-based training intervention. The audits were used to measure and analyse the effect of the intervention on prescribing errors found in the electronic prescribing system. A questionnaire and clinician observations were carried out with prescribers. The pre-intervention audit results, questionnaire, and clinician observations were used to inform the prescriber training intervention.
Why was it done?:
How was it done?:
Key stakeholders were recruited and assisted in the planning and delivery of the study methods. This was to ensure participate buy-in and study success. The audit tools and questionnaire were initially piloted to test their design, and allow adjustments to be made based on feedback received.
What has been achieved?:
The prevalence of prescribing errors was significantly reduced, following the delivery of the training intervention. Statistically significantly more medications prescribed during the pre-intervention audit contained one or more errors when compared with the post-intervention audit (28.6% versus 9.2%, p < 0.05). Most errors found were deemed to be system-related errors.
- Education and research›Training
- IT›Electronic prescribing system
- Patient safety›Errors