Drug therapy

May 2005 Issue
A Systematic Approach to Managing Warfarin Doses [Improving Patient Care]

The article offers a systematic approach for the management of anticoagulation and adjustment of warfarin doses.

Mar 2005 Issue
What You Need To Know About the Prescription Drug Act [Feature]

The authors outline the implications of the new Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act for both patients and physicians.

Mar 2003 Issue
Maintaining a Medication List in the Chart [Improving Patient Care]

The article explains how a simple medication list can simplify charting and help physicians avoid medication errors; the author offers a sample medication list used in his practice.

Nov-Dec 2002 Issue
How to Help Your Low-Income Patients Get Prescription Drugs [Feature]

This article will discuss ways that doctors can help their patients to gain access to prescription drugs at reduced costs. Pharmaceutical-company-sponsored patient assistance programs will be discussed as well as community-based assistance programs and other models.

Nov-Dec 2002 Issue
Resources for Affordable Prescription Medicine [Patient Education]

Patient education piece designed to help indigent patients identify sources of free and discounted pharmaceuticals.

Oct 2002 Issue
Good Medicine: E-Prescribing [Computers]

This article profiles one family practice's experience with electronic prescribing, describes the benefits and pitfalls of incorporating it into daily practice and addresses its usefulness as a tool for reducing prescription errors.

Oct 2002 Issue
Rethinking Refills [Improving Patient Care]

The article explains the use of a prescription medication protocol, which can empower a practice's staff to handle Rx refills more efficiently, resulitng in improved patient service, decreased Rx errors, and better use of physicians' time.

Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
Prescription Writing to Maximize Patient Safety [Feature]

This article reviews two kinds of prescription-based medication errors ? distractions and distortions ? and suggests simple techniques to help physicians prevent such errors.

Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
Reducing Risks for Patients Receiving Warfarin [Feature]

The article looks at best practices in managing patients receiving warfarin therapy and describes systems that can be incorporated into readers' practices.

Jul-Aug 2002 Issue
When Medical Errors Hit Home [Balancing Act]

The author, a family physician, contributes her thoughts on patient safety and error reduction as a doctor and as the daughter of a sick parent who received suboptimal care.

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