Table 1

Analysis to assess the accuracy and safety of medication charts generated in the study

MeasureDefinitionMethodAssessing
OmissionsMedication in patient's medication history not prescribed on medication chart, with no reason documented in patient chartEvery medication in patient's medication history checked against medication chart—omissions from medication chart notedWhether or not medication is prescribed
Prescribing errorsAnomaly in drug name, strength, dose, frequency or route, with no documentation in patient chartEvery medication in patient's medication history checked against medication chart—anomalies notedWhether or not prescription is accurate in terms of drug name, strength, dose, frequency and route
Communication errorsUnclear prescription in terms of name, route, dose, frequency, slow release medication notification or intermittent order prescribingEvery prescription written checked using a validated tool—unclear prescribing noted, as agreed by both researchersWhether or not prescription is safe for administration purposes