Gordon F. Rushworth
General practitioner views of an electronic high-risk medicine proforma to facilitate information transfer.
Rushworth, Gordon F.; Diack, Lesley; Rudd, Ian G.; Stewart, Derek
Ian G. Rudd
Background The potential of warfarin related harm is increased if clinicians lack the full patient specific information to make informed decisions?an e-proforma has been developed to communicate this information on hospital discharge. Objective To determine the views of general practitioners (GPs) on a warfarin discharge e-proforma. Method A cross-sectional survey of all GPs (n = 272) within the Raigmore Hospital catchment area of NHS Highland, Scotland. Results The response rate was 39.3 % (107/272). 84 (78.5 %) noticed recent changes to information supplied on discharge for warfarin patients. 64 (59.8 %) respondents thought this would result in more informed prescribing with regards to dosing, while 65 (60.7 %) felt this would improve safety. Accurate completion, timely receipt of the e-proforma and a realistic date for subsequent INR tests were considered important by GPs. Conclusion This study suggests the use of an e-proforma to communicate information about a high-risk medication, warfarin, to GPs on discharge optimises safe, informed prescribing and monitoring in primary care. The development of a discharge e-proforma for other high-risk medication as a patient safety improvement measure should be explored.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Feb 28, 2015|
|Journal||International journal of clinical pharmacy|
|Publisher||Springer (part of Springer Nature)|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Institution Citation||RUSHWORTH, G.F., DIACK, L., RUDD, I.G. and STEWART, D. 2015. General practitioner views of an electronic high-risk medicine proforma to facilitate information transfer. International journal of clinical pharmacy [online], 37(1), pages 4-7. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11096-014-0033-8|
|Keywords||High risk medication; Integrated care; Patient safety; Primary care; Warfarin|
RUSHWORTH 2015 General practitioner views of an electronic