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Journal Article

Underlying risk factors for prescribing errors in long-term aged care: a qualitative study.

Tariq A, Georgiou A, Raban M, et al. BMJ quality & safety. 2016;25:704-15.

This qualitative study of medication prescribing practices at long-term care facilities uncovered multiple safety hazards, including inadequate handoffs, insufficient information flow, and lack of a robust safety culture. The results suggest that both systems approaches and team training are needed to improve medication safety in long-term care facilities.