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1st Edition

Safety in Medication Use

ISBN 9781482227000
Published August 18, 2015 by CRC Press
340 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

An estimated 1 in 20 patients are admitted to the hospital due to problems with their medication and 1 in 100 hospitalized patients are harmed due to medication errors during their stay. The prescribing of medications is the most common health care intervention and medication safety is relevant to all health care professionals and patients, in all health care settings. Safety in Medication Use provides an overview of the theory and practice of medication safety, summarizing the international literature and practical suggestions for local practice

Each chapter is written by one or more authors from around the world who were chosen because of their standing in their field. The book covers three broad areas: problems in the medication use process, approaches to understanding and resolving them, and putting solutions into practice.

Topics discussed include:

  • Measuring medication errors
  • Improvement science
  • Safety culture
  • Incident reporting and feedback approaches
  • Educational interventions
  • Communication between health care professionals
  • Interventions for safer work systems
  • Electronic prescribing and medication administration record systems
  • Innovations in dispensing
  • Patient involvement in medication safety

Each chapter is a primer on the topic, drawing on the international literature, with the chapters on solutions followed by an "expert summary" of the implications for practice. This valuable resource describes an international body of work that shows not only how widespread medication errors are, but also discusses interventions that can reduce such errors to improve patient safety.

Table of Contents



Bryony Dean Franklin and Mary P. Tully

Prescribing and Monitoring Medication

Penny J. Lewis

Dispensing Medication

K. Lynette James

Administration of Medication

Katja Taxis

Professional Communication and Medication Safety

Patricia MLA van den Bemt, Cor J. Kalkman, and Cordula Wagner



Mary P. Tully and Bryony Dean Franklin

Measuring Medication Errors

Monsey McLeod

Psychological Theories

Rebecca Lawton and Gerry Armitage

Educational Theories

Lucy McLellan, Anique de Bruin, Mary P. Tully, and Tim Dornan

A Sociotechnical Perspective of Electronic Prescribing

Jos Aarts

Systems Perspective and Design

Tosha B. Wetterneck and Pascale Carayon

Improvement Science

Anne Lesko, Peter Lachman, Stephen E. Muething, David Vaughan, Pamela J. Schoettker, and Uma R. Kotagal

Safety Culture

Denham Phipps, Todd Boyle, and Darren Ashcroft



Bryony Dean Franklin and Mary P. Tully

Incident Reporting and Feedback Approaches

Sukhmeet S. Panesar, Bruce Warner, and Aziz Sheikh

Educational Interventions

Pauline Pearson, Lesley Scott, Jessica Hardisty, and Alan Green

Communication between Health Care Professionals

Patricia MLA van den Bemt, Erica M. van der Schrieck-de Loos, and Fatma Karapinar-Çarkit

Interventions for Safer Work Systems

Johanna I. Westbrook, Gordon Caldwell, and Bryony Dean Franklin

Electronic Prescribing and Medication Administration Record Systems

Johanna I. Westbrook and Melissa T. Baysari

Technological Approaches for Medication Administration

Johanna I. Westbrook and Melissa T. Baysari

Innovations in Dispensing

Matthew Reynolds, K. Lynette James, and Johanna I. Westbrook

Patient Involvement in Medication Safety

Sara Garfield and Anam Parand


Mary P. Tully and Bryony Dean Franklin


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Edited by

Mary Patricia Tully, Manchester Pharmacy School, University of Manchester, UK

Bryony Dean Franklin, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, UCL School of Pharmacy, London, UK


 "From common measurement errors in medication to safety testing, patient education, dispensing changes, and the design of health systems, this is a powerful reference that should be on the shelves of any definitive medical collection concerned with drug treatments and medication management processes."
The Bookwatch

"This book provides an overview of the theory and the practice of medication safety and offers practical strategies for improvement. It reviews the most current literature in medication safety and outlines it in such a way that it can be applied to a variety of healthcare settings…Weighted Numerical Score: 99 - 5 Stars!"
—Melissa M. Ranieri, BS, PharmD, Temple University School of Pharmacy in Doody’s Book Reviews