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Journal Article

Evaluating the accuracy of electronic pediatric drug dosing rules.

Kirkendall ES, Spooner A, Logan JR. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA. 2014;21:e43-9.

Comparing the accuracy of electronic dosing rules provided by a commercial vendor with traditional clinical dosing rules in pediatrics, this stimulation study found that the electronic rules were accurate only 55% of the time. This finding highlights the possible unintended consequences of health information technology (IT) on patient safety and underscores the specific challenge of pediatric medication prescribing. A recent AHRQ WebM&M commentary examines the complex issues around medication dosing for pediatric patients.