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Preventable adverse drug events causing hospitalisation: identifying root causes and developing a surveillance and learning system at an urban community hospital, a cross-sectional observational study.

de Lemos J, Loewen P, Nagle C, et al. Preventable adverse drug events causing hospitalisation: identifying root causes and developing a surveillance and learning system at an urban community hospital, a cross-sectional observational study. BMJ Open Qual. 2021;10(1). Epub 2021 Jan 27.  

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February 24, 2021
de Lemos J, Loewen PS, Nagle C, et al. BMJ Open Qual. 2021;10(1):e001161.

Adverse drug events – many of which are preventable – are a major source of patient harm. This cross-sectional study explored the causes of preventable adverse drug events (ADEs) and how patients, families, and providers can prevent them. The study finds that the most common causes of preventable ADEs involved providers not ensuring that patients and/or family understood the medication plan or could identify symptoms of side effects. The researchers used the study findings to develop learning messages for providers, patients, and families and to implement a preventable ADE surveillance system.

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de Lemos J, Loewen P, Nagle C, et al. Preventable adverse drug events causing hospitalisation: identifying root causes and developing a surveillance and learning system at an urban community hospital, a cross-sectional observational study. BMJ Open Qual. 2021;10(1). Epub 2021 Jan 27.