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The article describes practical ways physicians can reduce medication-related errors in their practices.
The author, AAFP's proficiency testing manager, offers suggestions that help ensure quality in labs that perform waived tests.
The article explains the key principles of reliability science and how they can help reduce errors and increase safety and quality when applied to health care.
Practices can take practical steps to prepare the office and its staff for caring for a patient in the midst of a medical emergency, and this article outlines those steps.
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.
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.
The article gathers best practices in tracking patients' test results to ensure they don't fall through the cracks.
This article reviews two kinds of prescription-based medication errors ? distractions and distortions ? and suggests simple techniques to help physicians prevent such errors.
The article looks at best practices in managing patients receiving warfarin therapy and describes systems that can be incorporated into readers' practices.