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Design and implementation of a common drug information database for a university hospital.
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PMID:  12964494     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Providing high quality problem-oriented drug information relies on the ability to easily collect appropriate background information on clinical cases, to access relevant information from published sources by defined search strategies and to store and retrieve previously answered questions. To do this efficiently, an easy-to-use, flexible and reliable drug information database is necessary. METHODS: We designed and implemented an Intranet-based drug information database for a major university hospital in Germany. The overall design and the technical details of its design are discussed. We developed a generic, XML-based data model for pharmaceutical inquiries including a MeSH-oriented system of 99 pharmaceutical qualifiers to enable efficient indexing of questions and the searching of indexed questions. RESULTS: The system provides query statistics and various search algorithms. The software implementation takes into account recent FDA recommendations for software used in clinical trials; internal review for quality control is supported. The database currently consists of 4224 records after 3.5 years of operation. Each inquiry consists of 50 items, 18 of 50 are categorized; 135 text elements support data entry. Our evaluation is focused on technical feasibility, user acceptance and query patterns. CONCLUSION: The intensive use and widespread acceptance of the database indicates a need for a computerized drug information system and suggests that Intranet technology can perform this task.
Martin Dugas; Sonja Weinzierl; Alenka Pecar; Stefan Endres; Jörg Hasford
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pharmacy world & science : PWS     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0928-1231     ISO Abbreviation:  Pharm World Sci     Publication Date:  2003 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-09-10     Completed Date:  2004-01-23     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9307352     Medline TA:  Pharm World Sci     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  156-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medical Informatics, Biometrics and Epidemiology (IBE), University of Munich, Marchioninistr. 15, D-81377 Munich, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Abstracting and Indexing as Topic
Computer Communication Networks
Databases, Factual / utilization*
Drug Information Services*
Hospital Information Systems / utilization
Hospitals, University
Information Storage and Retrieval
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Quality Control
User-Computer Interface
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Pharmaceutical Preparations

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