Medication-related emergency department presentations

Grant ID: EMSS-353R28-2017

Lay Summary

In Australia, medication errors result in more than 400,000 visits to general practitioners per year, however the number of patients who present to hospital due to medication-related harm is unclear. Previous Australian and international research suggests that at least 2% of emergency department (ED) presentations are due to medication-related harm and up to one quarter of those patients require admission to hospital. Importantly, the majority of such presentations are potentially preventable, which means that interventions that target medication safety in the community and adverse events that result in ED presentations could improve patient safety and quality of life, and reduce the burden on emergency and acute health services. Before we can target strategies designed to reduce medication-related harm in the community that results in patients requiring care in the ED, we need to understand how commonly this occurs, and which patients are at higher risk of possible harm. In this study we will determine how common this problem is, the characteristics of the events and the patients in whom medication-related harm occurs, and also estimate the health service costs of medication-related ED presentations.


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Amount Awarded
$31,410


Program


Grant Scheme


Status
Active


Principal Investigator:
Professor Louise Cullen


Co Investigators:
Dr Nathan Brown
A/Prof Jaimi Greenslade
Dr Peter Donovan
Prof Ian Coombes
A/Prof Neil Cottrell
Dr Bill Lukin
A/Prof Anthony Bell


Associate Investigators:
Ms Elizabeth Doran
Mr David Hughes


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Collaborating Institutions


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