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EVALUATING PATIENT MEDICATION AND COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES DOCUMENTATION: COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF SOURCES, DISCREPANCIES AND THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF ERRORS ON PATIENT CARE

Mah-Fraser, Tammy Sue (2010) EVALUATING PATIENT MEDICATION AND COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES DOCUMENTATION: COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF SOURCES, DISCREPANCIES AND THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF ERRORS ON PATIENT CARE. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Complete knowledge of a patient's medications, including over-the-counter and alternative medicines, is essential to the healthcare professional in providing quality care. In addition to the multiple steps from prescribing, dispensing to administering of a drug medication, there are several factors that increase an individual's risk for an adverse event and approaches to reduce medication errors. The movement of healthcare systems to an electronic medical record provides the potential of building a better health care system. This retrospective study compares five sources of medication, medical record chart, specialist, electronic medical record, pharmacy, insurance provider and patient, to determine what is the most accurate source of documentation, and what factors leading to better knowledge and documentation of all of a patient's medications. This study also identifies additional risk factors, specifically drug affordability and the influence it has on a patient's behavior, and discusses some considerations for reducing medication errors. The prevention and reduction of adverse events is of public health significance as there is both a health and financial cost to treating these adverse events.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Mah-Fraser, Tammy Suemah.fraser@yahoo.com
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRicci, Edmund Memricci@pitt.eduEMRICCI
Committee MemberMarx, John Hjmarx@pitt.eduJMARX
Committee MemberJaros, Kenneth Jkjaros@pitt.eduKJAROS
Committee MemberSharma, Ravi Krks1946@pitt.eduRKS1946
Date: 27 January 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 14 December 2009
Approval Date: 27 January 2010
Submission Date: 4 December 2009
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: DrPH - Doctor of Public Health
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: adverse event; alternative medicine; complementary; medication documentation
Other ID: http://etd.library.pitt.edu/ETD/available/etd-12042009-212244/, etd-12042009-212244
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:08
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:53
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10047

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