This paper describes the use of the “trigger tool”, a relatively low cost and “low tech” technique for capturing medication related harm. The adapted technique appears to increase the rate of adverse drug event detection approximately 50-fold over traditional reporting methodologies.
Care homes' use of medicines study: prevalence, causes and potential harm of medication errors in care homes for older people
This important, large study of care home residents identified a high incidence of medication errors in care home residents and explores underlying reasons and potential solutions for these.
This paper defines our current understanding of appropriate prescribing and outlines the potential hazards of over-prescribing for older people, while acknowledging the benefits of modern pharmacological treatment.