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Advanced Practice Prescribing: Issues and Strategies in Preventing Medication Error

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Abstract:

A high number of iatrogenic events is linked to medication error. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are increasingly more vulnerable to liability related to incompetent prescribing. Multiple issues surround medication error and the barriers to its prevention. Research shows that most medical error including medication is preventable. This article will offer a summary of the problem and a discussion of some of the current issues faced by health professionals with an emphasis on APRN prescribing. A review of research-driven strategies for enhancing safety in organizations and preventing errors in prescribing with a focus on APRN education is given.

Keywords: ADVERSE DRUG EVENT; ADVERSE EVENT; COMPETENCIES; COMPETENCY; IATROGENESIS; MEDICATION ERROR; PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1891/1073-7472.14.3.4.120

Publication date: 2011-12-01

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