Evaluation of an Outpatient Modified Prescription Form
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00256594|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 21, 2005
Last Update Posted : December 15, 2011
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Medication Errors||Device: prescription form||Not Applicable|
The broad goal of this proposal is to reduce outpatient prescribing errors in rural primary care practices. Although computerized technology is available for prescribing, it has not yet been implemented in most settings. Additionally, rural prescribers will likely be the last to have the means to adopt this technology. Due to the substantial morbidity and mortality in the United States caused by outpatient medication errors, there is an urgent need for low-cost solutions. This research plan will evaluate a modified paper prescription form that may be implemented in rural primary care settings cheaply and quickly with the goal of outpatient prescription error reduction.
The specific aims of this project are:
- To determine if a modified paper prescription form decreases overall prescribing errors compared to a standard paper prescription form
- To determine if a modified paper prescription form decreases omission errors compared to a standard paper prescription form
- To determine prescriber satisfaction with the modified prescription form
Rural prescribers from four states will be randomly recruited to write prescriptions on standard and modified forms. Prescription duplicates of both types will be analyzed for errors. Prescriber satisfaction with the modified form will be evaluated using surveys and focus groups.
Medication errors are a public health problem. Low-cost technology that is shown to reduce medication errors would benefit all rural patients who receive prescriptions.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||84 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Crossover Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||Evaluation of an Outpatient Modified Paper Prescription Form in 4 Rural States to Address the Public Health Problem of Prescribing Error|
|Study Start Date :||August 2005|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||February 2010|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||January 2011|
- Device: prescription form
Two prescription pads contained modified forms and two prescription pads were similar to the prescription pads the prescriber had been using. Providers completed 100 standard and 100 modified prescriptions
- error rates of standard versus modified prescriptions per prescriber [ Time Frame: 200 prescriptions each ]
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00256594
|United States, Vermont|
|University of Vermont, Division of General Internal Medicine|
|Burlington, Vermont, United States, 05401|
|Principal Investigator:||Amanda G Kennedy, PharmD||University of Vermont|