Medication Error Interventions Mostly Ineffective, Study Finds

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A meta-study of research on medication administration errors found most interventions are relatively ineffective in correcting the issues leading to the errors, according to the article, published in the British Medical Journal for Quality & Safety.

Researchers included 10 studies on medication administration error interventions in their analysis. Interruption during medication administration decreased in 40 percent of studies, and 30 percent of studies recorded reductions in rates of medication errors. However, studies showing error reductions also used multiple interventions simultenously.

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Researchers concluded that interventions for medication administration errors have limited evidence of their effectiveness, and more thorough testing is needed to uncover the relationships of various intervention components to improvements in medication administration.

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