The effect of provider characteristics on the responses to medication-related decision support alerts.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Prior studies have shown that prescribing clinicians frequently override computerized alerts warning them of potentially harmful drug interactions. This study found that house staff and physicians with fewer patient encounters were more likely to ignore alerts—as were physicians who graduated from one of the top five medical schools in the United States. Understanding why clinicians override warnings is critical to combating alert fatigue.