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J Nurs Care Qual. 2007 Jan-Mar;22(1):28-33.

Nurses' perceptions of causes of medication errors and barriers to reporting.

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VAPAHCS, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA.


This study describes nurses' perceptions about medication errors and the effects of physician order entry and barcode medication administration on medication errors. A convenience sample of 61 medical-surgical nurses was surveyed. All nurses surveyed perceived that information technology decreases medication errors. However, medication errors continue to occur despite the availability of sophisticated information technology systems.

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