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Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2004 May;57(5):611-5.

Frequency and characteristics of hospital admissions associated with drug-related problems in paediatrics.

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Faculty of Pharmacy, The University of Sydney, Building A15, NSW, Australia 2006. keaston@kps.org.au

Abstract

AIM:

To determine the frequency of paediatric hospital admissions associated with drug-related problems (DRPs) at two Australian hospitals.

METHODS:

The investigator and ward pharmacists prospectively screened eligible patients. A multidisciplinary panel reviewed data and established causality, preventability and clinical significance classifications.

RESULTS:

Over 22 weeks of data collection, a total of 11,564 patients were admitted, 2933 met eligibility criteria. Of those eligible, 127 [4.3%, 95% confidence interval (CI) 3.6, 5.0] were judged to have hospital admissions associated with DRPs. Direct costs associated with DRPs identified totalled pounds 100,707. Of the 81 cases assessed for preventability, 46.9% were deemed preventable.

CONCLUSIONS:

This research has provided information on the nature and characteristics of paediatric DRPs associated with hospital admissions.

PMID:
15089814
PMCID:
PMC1884507
DOI:
10.1111/j.1365-2125.2003.02052.x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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