To assess the attitudes of pharmacists towards the issue of dispensing errors.
A postal survey was undertaken among all Tasmanian-registered pharmacists residing in Australia.
The anonymous questionnaire sought opinions on whether the risk of dispensing errors and the actual numbers of errors are increasing, the major factors contributing to the occurrence of dispensing errors, factors that can best minimize the risk of dispensing errors, the number of prescription items that one pharmacist can safely dispense in a day and whether Australia should have a regulatory maximum dispensing load, and an estimation of the number of recent errors at the pharmacist's workplace.
Completed questionnaires were received from 209 pharmacists (50% response rate).
Most pharmacists (82%) believed that the risk of dispensing errors is increasing.
The principal contributing factors nominated were : high prescription volumes, pharmacist fatigue, pharmacist overwork, interruptions to dispensing, and similar or confusing drug names. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Dispensation médicament, Erreur, Pharmacie officine, Pharmacien, Personnel sanitaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Drug dispensation, Error, Drugstore, Chemist, Health staff
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0219554
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 16/11/1999.