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Journal Article > Study
Kaushal R, Goldmann DA, Keohane CA, et al. Ambul Pediatr. 2007;7:383-389.
The incidence of adverse drug events (ADEs) among children has been well characterized in hospital inpatients, but less studied in the outpatient setting. Conducted at six pediatric outpatient practices, this AHRQ-funded prospective cohort study evaluated the frequency of medication errors via chart review, review of prescriptions, and patient surveys. The overall rate of preventable ADEs was similar to a prior outpatient study, but nearly three-quarters of events were attributable to errors in administering drugs by the parents. Parents also did not consistently inform clinicians of ameliorable ADEs when they occurred, leading the authors to conclude that communication between clinicians and parents around the issue of medication side effects must be improved.
Journal Article > Study
Shehab N, Patel PR, Srinivasan A, Budnitz DS. Clin Infect Dis. 2008;47:735-743.
Grant > Government Resource
AHRQ Risk-informed Intervention Development and Implementation of Safe Practices in Ambulatory Care.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; October 2008.
This AHRQ grantee announcement lists 13 projects funded to demonstrate effective strategies in identifying and addressing risks and in improving processes in ambulatory care.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; September 25, 2009.
This announcement explains the potential for medication errors due to a discrepancy between dosing instructions and dosing dispenser measurement units for the drug Tamiflu.
Tools/Toolkit > Fact Sheet/FAQs
Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; May 2011.
This flyer provides tips to help prevent consumer medication errors.
Web Resource > Government Resource
US Food and Drug Administration.
This Web site raises awareness of risks associated with buying medications from online pharmacies and offers resources to help identify whether an online pharmacy is safe or fake.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; August 2013. AHRQ Publication No. 13-0067-EF.
This report summarizes findings from projects that explored how health information technology can augment quality and safety in ambulatory care.