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Strategies to Promote Safe Medication Administration in Assisted Living Settings.
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PMID:  23350535     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Assisted living (AL) provides lower cost, less institutional environments than skilled nursing facilities, yet less professional oversight, despite the high prevalence of chronic conditions among residents. Unlicensed staff administer large quantities of medications daily, and medication management is one of the three top quality issues in AL, with error rates ranging from 10% to 40%. This qualitative study described AL provider views on medication safety and strategies used to promote safety in medication administration. The sample included 96 participants representing all parties involved in medication administration (i.e., medication aides, administrators, RNs, consulting pharmacists, primary care providers) in 12 AL settings in three states. Core themes were the importance of medication safety, unique contextual factors in AL, and strategies used to promote medication safety. This study has implications for research on interventions to improve medication safety at the individual, facility, and policy levels.
Authors:
Heather M Young; Suzanne K Sikma; Susan C Reinhard; Wayne C McCormick; Juliana C Cartwright
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Research in gerontological nursing     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1940-4921     ISO Abbreviation:  Res Gerontol Nurs     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101392499     Medline TA:  Res Gerontol Nurs     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1-10     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright 2013, SLACK Incorporated.
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