Integrated electronic prescribing systems: pharmacists’ perceptions ofimpact on work performance and patient safety
2009 (English)In: Proceedings of the 9th WSEAS International Conference on APPLIED INFORMATICS AND COMMUNICATIONS (AIC '09), 2009, 299-304 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Integrated electronic prescribing systems (IEPSs) are expected to improve efficiency and safety inthe management of pharmaceuticals throughout the healthcare sector. We examined the introduction of anIEPS into pharmacists’ work performance with regard to impact on efficiency and patient safety. Aquestionnaire was distributed to all pharmacists (n = 85) in a Swedish municipality (pop. 145,000) where anIEPS had recently been introduced. The response rate was 74%. We found that, in general, the IEPS wasperceived to have expedited the processing of prescriptions and reduced the risk for prescription errors, as wellas the handing over of erroneous medications to patients. Pharmacists were more cautious about the residualrisks for making mistakes than the pharmacist’s assistants. We conclude that the introduction of an IEPS waswell received by local-level pharmacy staff, but that an IEPS does not automatically reduce the need forqualified personnel in the management of pharmaceuticals.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. 299-304 p.
Electronic prescribing, pharmacist, patient safety, work performance
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20568ISI: 000273271800052ISBN: 978-960-474-107-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-20568DiVA: diva2:235166