Examining The Complexity Of Communication Processes Across Transition Points From The Emergency Department To Improve Medication Safety

Grant number: LP0990334 | Funding period: 2009 - 2013

Completed

Abstract

Problems in communication contribute significantly to adverse events that lead to serious harm for Australian consumers. Recent data show medication errors account for over 25% of all adverse events, while over 50% of consumers who move across transition points have medication errors relating to their treatment regimen. Financial costs from adverse events are estimated at around $A2billion/year, which are likely to increase with further complexities involving consumer care. This study will result in new knowledge about communication processes to inform the development of reporting methods and strategies, which positively influence the practices of health professionals in managing medicat..

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