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Top Tips for Safer Prescribing

The National Prescribing Centre (NPC) has published Top Tips for GPs - Strategies for safer prescribing (PDF).

Written for the NPC by Professor Tony Avery from the University of Nottingham Medical School it discusses medication errors and patient harm in primary care, including:

  • Which patients are most at risk from medication errors
  • The drugs most commonly associated with preventable adverse events
  • The underlying causes of medication errors and how can these be prevented
  • Practice points – 10 tips for safe prescribing

The main underlying reasons for prescribing errors are also reviewed including human errors, insufficient knowledge about the patient or medication, slips and lapses, communication problems and failure to adequately monitor and review.

Many of the recommendations in this review appear simple and straightforward but the author notes that, "we need to ask why patients continue to be exposed to unnecessary risk from medicines in our practices" before dismissing this advice.

Action: Clinicians will find this article a useful review of strategies that could improve prescribing safety. It may provide a useful resource when training, reviewing existing prescribing systems or reviewing practice after significant events.

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3 Comments to “Top Tips for Safer Prescribing”

  1. I am bewildered by your website - I am very keen to look at 10 top tips for GPs but do not seem to be able to access anything but a description of what it is. Please email me the actual list as I wish to be a safer prescriber and surely that is why you have produced this list.

    Yours in great frustration!

    Alex Duncan

    Comment by Alex Duncan — February 23, 2016 #
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    1. @Alex

      The NPC was amalgamated into NICE in 2011 so the link to the original PDF is now no longer in existence. However, the good news is that I managed to find a copy of the document and uploaded it here so the PDF link now works. 🙂

      Comment by Matthew Robinson — February 23, 2016 #
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  2. [...] Traducción realizada por Txema Coll a partir de http://www.prescriber.org.uk/2011/06/top-tips-for-safer-prescribing/ [...]

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