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dc.contributor.authorSimpson, Chanelleen_US
dc.contributor.authorKeijzers, Gerbenen_US
dc.contributor.authorLind, Jamesen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T14:18:37Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T14:18:37Z
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.date.modified2010-06-23T05:25:17Z
dc.identifier.issn0025729Xen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/30916
dc.description.abstractObjective: To assess the ability of doctors to calculate drug doses and their workplace prescribing and calculation habits. Design and setting: Prospective, questionnaire-based observational study conducted at a 570-bed teaching hospital in February 2007. Participants: Convenience sample of 190 doctors, representing all acute medical and surgical disciplines and diverse levels of experience. Main outcome measures: Demographic data, self-reported prescribing habits, predicted score on a 12-item test of ability to calculate drug doses, score considered adequate for peers, and actual score. Results: 141 doctors (74%) completed the questionnaire. The mean actual score on the test was 72.5% (95% CI, 67.8%-77.3%), which was similar to the group's mean predicted score (74.7%; 95% CI, 71.0%-78.5%) but significantly lower than the mean of the score they considered adequate (91.6%; 95% CI, 89.5%-93.8%) (P<0.001). Subgroup analyses showed that senior doctors and those in critical care specialties (intensive care, emergency medicine and anaesthesia) achieved significantly higher actual scores than junior doctors and those in non-critical care specialties, respectively. Conclusions: Doctors expect their colleagues to perform significantly better in a drugdose calculation test than they expect to, or can achieve, themselves. Junior staff and those in non-critical care specialties should be targeted for education in the skill of drug-dose calculation to reduce the risk of medication error and its consequences.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherAustralasian Medical Publishing Company Pty Ltden_US
dc.publisher.placeAustraliaen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.mja.com.auen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/190_03_020209/sim10260_fm.htmlen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom117en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto120en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue3en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalMedical Journal of Australiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume190en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMedical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classifieden_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode119999en_US
dc.titleA survey of drug-dose calculation skills of Australian tertiary hospital doctorsen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.date.issued2009
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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