Journal Article

Prescriber barriers and enablers to minimising potentially inappropriate medications in adults: a systematic review and thematic synthesis.

Anderson K, Stowasser D, Freeman C, et al. BMJ open. 2014;4:e006544.

This systematic review examined prescribing of potentially inappropriate medications and found that prescriber characteristics (such as clinical inertia and lack of knowledge) and system characteristics (such as insufficient time to review medications and limited availability of nonmedication treatments) both contributed to persistent prescribing of medications associated with increased risks. These findings emphasize the need for fundamental health care reform in order to improve medication safety.