The AHRQ PSNet Collection comprises an extensive selection of resources relevant to the patient safety community. These resources come in a variety of formats, including literature, research, tools, and Web sites. Resources are identified using the National Library of Medicine’s Medline database, various news and content aggregators, and the expertise of the AHRQ PSNet editorial and technical teams.
Counter D, Stewart D, MacLeod J, et al. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2017;83:1515-1520.
Multicomponent compliance aids (pill boxes or medi-sets) organize patients' medications in a compartmentalized container, with one compartment for each dosing occasion. Ideally, the aid is prefilled by a pharmacist or caregiver. The aids are intended to improve medication safety and adherence for patients taking multiple medications, but this British study found that elderly patients using these systems still used inappropriate medications at high rates.
Ross S, Bond C, Rothnie H, et al. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2009;67:629-40.
This review analyzed research on prescribing errors among physicians in training and found that the problem exists regardless of delivery system, training modality, or organizational infrastructure. The authors call for a well-conducted study of such errors to allow development and evaluation of appropriate interventions.
Stewart D, Helms P, McCaig D, et al. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2005;59:677-83.
The investigators issued questionnaires to parents in seven community pharmacies to prospectively monitor pediatric adverse drug reactions (ADRs). They found that the system was effective for reporting ADRs.