UMMS Affiliation

Department of Quantitative Health Sciences; Meyers Primary Care Institute

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Electronic Prescribing; Safety; Outcome Assessment (Health Care)


Health Services Research | Primary Care


Objective: To describe the perspectives of ambulatory care clinicians on the effect of electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) systems on patient safety outcomes.

Study Design: Mixed method study of clinicians and staff in 64 practices using 1 of 6 e-prescribing technologies in 6 US states.

Methods: We used clinician surveys (Web-based and paper) and focus groups to obtain the perspectives of clinicians on e-prescribing and patient safety.

Results: Providers highly valued having medications prescribed by other providers on the medication list and the ability to access patient medication lists remotely. Providers thought that there will always be prescription or medication errors and that the implementation of e-prescribing software changes rather than eliminates prescription or medication errors. New errors related to the dosing or scheduling of a medication, accidentally prescribing the wrong drug, or duplicate prescriptions.

Conclusions: Lessons from the ambulatory care trenches must be considered as technology moves forward so that the hypothesized patient safety gains will be realized.


Lapane KL, Waring ME, Dube C, Schneider KL. E-prescribing and patient safety: a mixed method study. Am J Pharm Benefits. 2011;3(2):e24-e34. Link to article on publisher's website

Journal/Book/Conference Title

American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits



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