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Journal Article

Randomized trial to improve prescribing safety in ambulatory elderly patients.

Raebel MA, Charles J, Dugan J, et al. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2007;55:977-85.

Adverse drug events are a common and costly cause of preventable errors among elderly patients, and are frequently due to inappropriate prescribing of known high-risk medications. In this study, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), researchers conducted a randomized trial of computerized alerts to pharmacists when potentially dangerous medications were prescribed. The intervention resulted in a statistically significant reduction in dispensing of the targeted potentially dangerous medications.