Safer medicines management in primary care

Anthony J. Avery, Aziz Sheikh, Brian Hurwitz, Lesley Smeaton, Yen-Fu Chen, Rachel Howard, Judy Cantrill, Simon Royal

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Errors in the medicines management process represent an important source of iatrogenic harm in primary care. Most errors result from underlying systems-based problems that are amenable to intervention and potentially preventable. In this paper, we seek to identify the frequency of medication-related morbidity in primary care, understand the underlying systemic reasons that increase risk of medication-related errors and iatrogenic harm, and suggest strategies for improving the safety of medicines management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S17-22
JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
Volume52 Suppl
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2002


  • Drug Interactions
  • Drug Prescriptions
  • Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
  • Humans
  • Medication Errors
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Primary Health Care
  • Safety Management
  • United Kingdom
  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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