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Medication accuracy and general practitioner referral letters

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Abstract

Prescriber medication communication is a Quality Use of Medicines barrier. Medication information in General Practice (GP) referral letters to a physician was evaluated. Accuracy of medications taken and drug dose was respectively 63% and 84%, an overall accuracy rate of 58%. Complementary/over-the-counter medication documentation occurred in 26% of the letters. To avoid medical mismanagement, physicians must validate all GP medication lists regardless of their apparent comprehensiveness.
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Keywords: continuity of care; medication communication; quality use of medicines

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 February 2006

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