AHRQ Study: Better Drug Interaction Alerts Improve Patient Safety
Using consistent terms and definitions to indicate the potential seriousness of drug-drug interactions (DDI) and plainly identifying interacting drug pairs are among the recommendations to improve patient safety in an AHRQ-funded study. Researchers recommended increasing the usability and consistency of DDI decision support tools to help reduce “alert fatigue,” which can cause safety alerts to be ignored because they are triggered so often. The researchers—a group of 24 individuals that included clinical, informatics and computer interface design experts—identified seven core elements that should be included with DDI decision support. Their recommendations focused on consistent use of terminology, symbols/icons, color, minimal text, formatting, content and reporting standards. The study, “Recommendations To Improve the Usability of Drug-Drug Interaction Clinical Decision Support Alerts,” and abstract were published March 30 in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015 Mar 30. pii: ocv011. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocv011. [Epub ahead of print]
Recommendations to Improve the Usability of Drug-Drug Interaction Clinical Decision Support Alerts.
Payne TH1, Hines LE2, Chan RC3, Hartman S4, Kapusnik-Uner J5, Russ AL6, Chaffee BW7, Hartman C8, Tamis V9, Galbreth B10, Glassman PA11, Phansalkar S12, van der Sijs H13, Gephart SM14, Mann G15, Strasberg HR12, Grizzle AJ16, Brown M2, Kuperman GJ17, Steiner C18, Sullins A19, Ryan H19, Wittie MA20,Malone DC21.
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CPOE (up to 5); alerts; clinical decision support; drug interactions; usability
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