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Title: Compliance with good practice in prescription writing at outpatient clinics in Saudi Arabia
Authors: Irshaid, Y.M.
Al Homrany, M.
Hamdi, A.A.
Adjepon Yamoah, K.K.
Mahfouz, A.A.
Issue Date: 2005
Language: English
Abstract: A sample of prescription orders received from outpatient departments by a hospital pharmacy in Asir, Saudi Arabia, were analysed over 1 year for the essential elements of prescriptions. The prescriber's name, address and signature were on 83.3%, 9.6% and 81.9% of prescriptions respectively. The patient's name, age and sex were on 94.6%, 77.3% and 51.3%. No prescription contained the patient's address and weight. Generic drug names were used in only 15.1% and strength of medication and dose units were included in 26.6% and 55.6% of prescriptions. Most prescriptions [94.0%] had no quantity indicated and had only partial instructions for patient use [90.7%]; the diagnosis was included in about two-thirds. The prescriber's handwriting was illegible in 64.3% of prescriptions. Measures to improve the situation are suggested
Description: 922-928
Keywords: Documentation
Drug Utilization Review
Drugs, Generic
Education, Medical
Health Services Needs and Demand
Health Services Research
Subject: Ambulatory Care
ISSN: 1020-3397
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