Journal Article
Review

How are medication errors defined? A systematic literature review of definitions and characteristics.

Lisby M, Nielsen LP, Brock B, et al. International Journal for Quality in Health Care. 2010;22.

This systematic review found wide variation in how medication errors are defined between studies. This variation has significant implications for determining the prevalence of medication errors. Prior commentaries have noted the need for standardized, universally applicable definitions of adverse drug events.