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Article first published online: 3 MAY 2007
Copyright © Commonwealth of Australia 2007. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Volume 16, Issue 7, pages 797–803, July 2007
How to Cite
Roughead, E., Pratt, N., Peck, R. and Gilbert, A. (2007), Improving medication safety: influence of a patient-specific prescriber feedback program on rate of medication reviews performed by Australian general medical practitioners. Pharmacoepidem. Drug Safe., 16: 797–803. doi: 10.1002/pds.1393
This study was approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee, University of South Australia and the Department of Veterans' Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee.
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 3 MAY 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 FEB 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 31 JAN 2007
- Manuscript Received: 23 JUL 2006
- home medicines review;
- patient specific;
- prescriber feedback;
- medical practitioners;
- health service;
To determine if patient-specific prescriber feedback for general medical practitioners (GPs), supported by educational material mailed to their patients, would increase home medicines review (HMR) rates.
An observational study was conducted using the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) Pharmacy Claims Database. The intervention group (n = 40 270) included all veterans aged ≥65 years, dispensed ≥5 unique medicines each month over a 4 month period. Comparison group veterans (n = 49,227) were those who did not have ≥5 or more unique medicines dispensed each month, but did have at least one prescription each month and ≥20 prescriptions over 4 months, of which five were unique medicines, Intervention GPs (n = 11,384) were subdivided into 2 groups: GPs with intervention veterans (n = 2097) and GPs with both intervention and comparison group veterans (n = 9287). The comparison group of GPs (n = 3630) were primary prescribers to the comparison veterans only. Rates of HMRs pre and post-intervention and the number of new GPs participating in HMR services were examined.
There was a significant increase in HMR rates in intervention group, from 2.2 per 1000 in the pre-period to 4.6 per 1000 per month in the post-intervention period (Rate Ratio (RR) 2.06, 95% Confidence Interval (CI) (1.90, 2.22), p < 0.0001). HMR rates increased in the intervention group compared with the comparison group (p < 0.0001). HMR rates increased in the intervention group GPs compared with the comparison group (RR 1.79, 95% CI (1.58, 2.02), p < 0.0001).
Patient-specific feedback provided to GPs, supported by educational material mailed directly to their patients increased HMR rates for targeted veterans and increased GP participation in the delivery of HMRs. Copyright © Commonwealth of Australia 2007. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.