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Development and evaluation of information technology solutions to improve medication use

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Reeve, James Frederick 2006 , 'Development and evaluation of information technology solutions to improve medication use', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

During the past decade, considerable effort has been directed at reducing
medication errors. The impetus for this activity has come from the many studies
that have highlighted unacceptably high rates of error in our healthcare systems.

This thesis investigates strategies to improve medication use and prevent errors,
focusing on the use of information technology. Information technology has great
potential to improve many aspects of medication use. A thorough understanding
of the medication use pathway is essential to support the safe, effective and
efficient introduction of many impending initiatives. Three strategies aimed at
improving medication use were implemented and evaluated: a medication safety
educational web site; electronic documentation system and decision-support
prompt for community pharmacists; and a high-risk medication alert model for
the Australian hospital setting.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Reeve, James Frederick
Keywords: Medication errors, Pharmacology, Pharmacology
Copyright Holders: The Author
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Available for library use only and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (PhD)--University of Tasmania, 2006. Includes bibliographical references. Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. Utilising information technology to prevent errors and improve medication use -- 3. Development and evaluation of a medication safety web site -- Ch. 4. Electronic documentation system for community pharmacy and decision-support prompt -- Ch. 5. High-risk medication alert system -- Ch. 6. Discussion and conclusions

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