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Adverse drug reaction monitoring in Mississippi home health care agencies.

Authors
  • Szeinbach, S L
  • Fincham, J E
  • Garner, D D
  • Brown, T R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Home health care services quarterly
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1991
Volume
12
Issue
1
Pages
47–55
Identifiers
PMID: 10110885
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A statewide survey of home health care agency directors in Mississippi was conducted to determine the extent of Adverse Drug Reaction (ADR) monitoring and reporting by health care professionals. A 24-item questionnaire was sent to agency directors eliciting responses on agency characteristics, rate of occurrence of ADRs, and attitudes toward responsibility for monitoring ADRs. A total of 77 questionnaires were returned yielding a response rate of 48%. The average program enrolled 104 patients with 3.5 ADRs reported by health care professionals per year (range 0-65). Agency directors reported that physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and members of the pharmacy and therapeutics committee should monitor ADRs. Results indicated a need for all health-care professional involved in home health care to increase their ADR monitoring and reporting activities.

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