Robin E. Ferner

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Inconsistencies and omissions in drug–drug interaction (DDI) management guidelines may lead to harm and suboptimal therapy. The purpose of this study was to define a checklist for DDI management guidelines to help developers produce high-quality guidelines that will support healthcare providers in clinical practice. We carried out a two-round Delphi process(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical decision support (CDS) for electronic prescribing systems (computerized physician order entry) should help prescribers in the safe and rational use of medicines. However, the best ways to alert users to unsafe or irrational prescribing are uncertain. Specifically, CDS systems may generate too many alerts, producing unwelcome distractions(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM We wished to establish the frequency of unexpected hypoglycemia observed in non diabetic patients outside the intensive care unit and to determine if they have a plausible clinical explanation. METHODS We analysed data for 2010 from three distinct sources to identify non diabetic hypoglycaemic patients: bedside and laboratory blood(More)
BACKGROUND A computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system with embedded clinical decision support can reduce medication errors in hospitals, but might increase the time taken to generate orders. AIMS We aimed to quantify the effects of temporal (month, day of week, hour of shift) and other factors (grade of doctor, prior experience with the system,(More)
AIMS Hyponatraemia is one of the major adverse effects of thiazide and thiazide-like diuretics and the leading cause of drug-induced hyponatraemia requiring hospital admission. We sought to review and analyze all published cases of this important condition. METHODS Ovid Medline, Embase, Web of Science and PubMed electronic databases were searched to(More)
OBJECTIVE  To examine how misspellings of drug names could impede searches for published literature. DESIGN  Database review. DATA SOURCE  PubMed. REVIEW METHODS  The study included 30 drug names that are commonly misspelt on prescription charts in hospitals in Birmingham, UK (test set), and 30 control names randomly chosen from a hospital formulary(More)
BACKGROUND Junior doctors in the UK must complete various educational components during their two year Foundation training programme. It is important that mandatory learning is informative and engaging. The aim of this study was to evaluate trainee doctors' perceptions of a Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) programme developed to improve prescribing(More)
The Harvard community has made this article openly available. Please share how this access benefits you. Your story matters. " Correction: On the alert: future priorities for alerts in clinical decision support for computerized physician order entry identified from a European workshop. " BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 13 (1): 122.
BACKGROUND The behaviour of doctors and their responses to warnings can inform the effective design of Clinical Decision Support Systems. We used data from a University hospital electronic prescribing and laboratory reporting system with hierarchical warnings and alerts to explore junior doctors' behaviour. The objective of this trial was to establish(More)