Improving safe prescribing in hospitals
Medication is primarily prescribed to improve patient’s health. Unfortunately, prescribing errors (e.g. over- or under dosage, unawareness of (drug-drug-) interactions or incorrect indications of medication) can cause patient harm varying from a mild intolerance to acute hospital admission or even mortality. Most prescribing errors leading to medication-related harm are preventable. However, given the relative high preventable medication-related hospital admissions it can be concluded that prescribing errors are not always identified in time. In this thesis we will explore a novel, in-hospital multifaceted intervention by a multidisciplinary team (consisting of physicians and pharmacists) to detect and sustainably reduce prescribing errors throughout the whole chain of prescribing. We hypothesize that this thesis will provide insight in the incidence of prescribing errors, at what point these prescribing errors occur in the chain of prescribing and cost-effectiveness of such a multidisciplinary team performing a multifaceted in-hospital intervention.