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ISRN Pediatrics
Volume 2011, Article ID 545681, 5 pages
Research Article

Reducing Prescribing Errors in Paediatric Patients by Assessment and Feedback Targeted at Prescribers

Luton & Dunstable Hospital National Health Service Foundation Trust, Lewsey Road, Luton LU40DZ, UK

Received 4 August 2011; Accepted 11 September 2011

Academic Editor: S. Fanconi

Copyright © 2011 Michael Eisenhut et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Prescribing errors are the most common type of medical errors and can result in harm particularly in young children. Doctors were enrolled in a programme of written assessment in prescribing skills and individualized feedback. Pharmacists audited the impact. The setting was the paediatric wards and neonatal unit of a District General Hospital. 16 doctors were tested and received feedback. A total of 110 errors were identified in this test, out of a 51 were classified as major including wrong dose and frequency, and prescribing medication the patient had an allergy to. Audit of impact of this intervention revealed a reduction of errors from 47 to 21, and patients affected from 19 to 11 per 100 ( 𝑃 = 0 . 0 0 1 ) emergency admissions compared to an audit before the intervention. An intervention combining a comprehensive multifaceted assessment and detailed feedback can lead to reduction of prescribing errors in paediatric trainees.