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Commentary on: Hodkinson A, Tyler N, Ashcroft DM, et al. Preventable medication harm across health care settings: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Med. 2020; 18:313
Implications for practice and research
Accessible centralised digital platforms should be employed to real-time prescribing, dispensing, administrating and monitoring medications as well as reporting of actual and near missed errors.
Healthcare researchers should study local healthcare settings to develop context-specific comprehensive understanding about the patterns of preventable medication errors, resulting harms and workable solutions.
Preventable medication harm is a persistent and serious medical issue globally.1 The healthcare systems and processes change rapidly, so do the nature and types of the medical harm across healthcare settings.2 Hodkinson et al conducted a comprehensive and systematic literature review to update the current estimated rates of prevalence, severity and type of preventable medication …
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