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

Maidment, Ian D., Haw, Camilla, Stubbs, Jean, Fox, Christopher, Katona, Cornelius, 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. (doi:10.1002/gps.1943) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:12201)

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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
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/gps.1943
Additional information: Review Article
Uncontrolled keywords: medication error; older people's mental health; review
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: M.P. Stone
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2009 17:21 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:22 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/12201 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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