Medication errors in older people with mental health problems: a review

Maidment, Ian D. and Haw, Camilla and Stubbs, Jean and Fox, Christopher and Katona, Cornelius and Franklin, Bryony Dean (2008) Medication errors in older people with mental health problems: a review. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 23 (6). pp. 564-573. ISSN 0885-6230. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To review and summarise published data on medication errors in older people with mental health problems. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted to identify studies that investigated medication errors in older people with mental health problems. MEDLINE, EMBASE, PHARMLINE, COCHRANE COLLABORATION and PsycINFO were searched electronically. Any studies identified were scrutinized for further references. The title, abstract or full text was systematically reviewed for relevance. RESULTS: Data were extracted from eight studies. In total, information about 728 errors (459 administration, 248 prescribing, 7 dispensing, 12 transcribing, 2 unclassified) was available. The dataset related almost exclusively to inpatients, frequently involved non-psychotropics, and the majority of the errors were not serious. CONCLUSIONS: Due to methodology issues it was impossible to calculate overall error rates. Future research should concentrate on serious errors within community settings, and clarify potential risk factors.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Review Article
Uncontrolled keywords: medication error; older people's mental health; review
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences (KIMHS)
Depositing User: M.P. Stone
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2009 17:21
Last Modified: 19 May 2014 14:33
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/12201 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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