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Journal Article

Detection of adverse drug events using an electronic trigger tool.

Lim D, Melucci J, Rizer MK, et al. American journal of health-system pharmacy : AJHP : official journal of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 2016;73:S112-20.

Trigger tools, which identify possible adverse events in administrative data as a precursor to chart review, are a core method to detect safety hazards. In this study, implementation of a trigger tool successfully uncovered adverse drug events, but there were a significant number of false positive triggers.