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Associations of physicians’ prescribing experience, work hours, and workload with prescription errors.

Leviatan I, Oberman B, Zimlichman E, et al. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2020;Epub Oct 29.

Human factors, such as cognitive load, are main contributors to prescribing errors. This study assessed the relationship between medication prescribing errors and a physician’s workload, successive work shifts, and prescribing experience. The researchers reviewed presumed medication errors flagged by a computerized decision support system (CDSS) in acute care settings (excluding intensive care units) and found that longer hours and less experience in prescribing specific medications increased the risk of prescribing errors.