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Forum Medizin 21, 45. Kongress für Allgemeinmedizin und Familienmedizin

Paracelsus Medizinische Privatuniversität in Zusammenarbeit mit der Deutschen, Österreichischen und Südtiroler Gesellschaft für Allgemein- und Familienmedizin

22.09. - 24.09.2011, Salzburg, Österreich

What can we as Primary Care Physicians do to improve patient safety in relation to medication error – insights from the Linneaus Project

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  • Aneez Esmail - Linneaus Project, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

45. Kongress für Allgemeinmedizin und Familienmedizin, Forum Medizin 21. Salzburg, 22.-24.09.2011. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2011. Doc11fom208

doi: 10.3205/11fom208, urn:nbn:de:0183-11fom2082

Published: September 14, 2011

© 2011 Esmail.
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The Linneaus project is an international collaboration set up in 2009 with a grant from the EU Framework 7 programme to develop a network of practitioners and researchers to improve patient safety in primary care.

Our understanding of issues related to patient safety in primary care suggests that the challenges for improving patient safety in this setting are significant. Most medications continue to be prescribed, dispensed and administered in primary care, yet we have little information on the adverse effects of drugs in this setting.

This presentation will consider the epidemiology of adverse drug reactions in primary care and consider interventions that have been identified from the latest research evidence that may help in improving safety.