Children with cancer: medication errors in the home (via @trishagreenhalgh @DrAnnaLCox)

This paper looks at medication errors in an at-home setting, in children with cancer who are receiving medication from parents or guardians.

“As home medication use increases, medications previously managed by nurses are now managed by patients and their families. Our objective was to describe the types of errors occurring in the home medication management of children with cancer.”

News story write-up of the paper | PDF of published research article (see also references below).

News story
Andrew M Seaman (29 April 2013) Medication errors also happen at home: study Yahoo! News
“…one family had been sprinkling chemotherapy on their child’s food instead of giving the child the pill. Unfortunately, that made the treatment ineffective.”

Full reference (PDF)
Walsh KE, Roblin DW, Weingart SN, Houlahan KE, Degar B, Billett A, Keukar C, Biggins C, Li J, Wasilewski K and Mazor KM (2013) Medication Errors in the Home: A Multisite Study of Children With Cancer Pediatrics published online 29 April 2013.
DOI: 10.1542/peds.2012-2434

Related CHI+MED articles on medication / medical device issues at home
Owen, T., Buchanan, G., & Thimbleby, H. (2012). Understanding user requirements in take-home diabetes management technologies. Proceedings of the 2012 BCS Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (BCS-HCI 2012), 268–273.

Rajkomar, A., Blandford, A. & Mayer, A. (2012). Situated interactions of lay users with home hemodialysis technology: Influence of broader context of use. Proceedings of the 2012 Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care, 219-223. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

 

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