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Journal Article > Study
High incidence of medication documentation errors in a Swiss university hospital due to the handwritten prescription process.
Hartel MJ, Staub LP, Röder C, Eggli S. BMC Health Serv Res. 2011;11:199.
Illegible handwriting has been cited as a major factor in several high-profile medication prescribing errors. This Swiss study found that the majority of handwritten prescriptions were considered "bad or unreadable," and more than half of the medication errors in this study were ascribed to transcribing errors attributable to poor handwriting.
Cohen R. Star-Ledger. August 12, 2007;Business section:1.
This article describes how electronic prescribing can help reduce miscommunication and improve safety, although its universal adoption faces numerous barriers.
Journal Article > Commentary
Thurmann PA. Expert Opin Drug Saf. 2006;5:489-493.
The author discusses how technology can help minimize medication errors and suggests that both the shortcomings and strengths of technology be considered when shaping medication error reduction programs.