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Journal Article

Ambulatory prescribing errors among community-based providers in two states.

Abramson EL, Bates DW, Jenter C, et al. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA. 2012;19:644-8.

This study, one of the first to analyze prescribing errors in community primary care practices, found a remarkably high rate of errors. Nearly one in four prescriptions contained at least one error in dosing, frequency, or patient instructions, and a startling proportion of prescriptions had illegibility errors as well. Computerized provider order entry (CPOE) could have prevented a large proportion of these errors, and recent studies have shown that CPOE can decrease prescribing errors in community-based office practices. A Patient Safety Primer discusses outpatient medication prescribing errors and other pressing safety issues in outpatient practice.