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Barriers to Care: Multi-step Approach to Preventing Adverse Drug Events (ADE)

Hertrich, Ashley N (2023) Barriers to Care: Multi-step Approach to Preventing Adverse Drug Events (ADE). Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Adverse drug events are an all too common phenomenon in the United States Healthcare System. According to AHRQ, nearly 5% of hospitalized patients experience an adverse drug reaction event (ADE) (Ashman et al., 2021). This makes ADE’s one of the most common types of inpatient errors. The prevalence of ADEs has drastically increased over the past few decades. It is important to examine major contributors of this phenomenon like that of polypharmacy, to prevent these medical errors. While examining ADE’s we must examine the medication use process and current practices intended to prevent medical errors from occurring. This essay examines major health policy systems regarding the prescribing and dispensing process as well as the influence that current provider roles have on ADEs. In doing so a more cohesive model is formed that addresses possible errors in care because of polypharmacy practice.

Public Health Relevance:
With the rise of chronic disease in the US population it is important to recognize the predominance of polypharmacy practices, as defined as taking more medications than clinically required simultaneously. Currently, some of the most common diseases that require multiple concurrent medications include cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, and depression. The public health challenge lies in ensuring best practices and outlets for managing care coordination for patients with these conditions.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hertrich, Ashley Nanh223@pitt.eduanh223
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDonohue, Juliejdonohue@pitt.edujdonohueUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberCarroll, Jonijoni.carroll@pitt.edujoni.carrollUNSPECIFIED
Date: 15 May 2023
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 28
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 15 May 2023 21:05
Last Modified: 15 May 2023 21:05


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