Clinicians’ perceptions of medication errors with opioids in cancer and palliative care services: a priority setting report

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Heneka, N., Shaw, T., Azzi, C. and Phillips, J. L.. 2018. "Clinicians’ perceptions of medication errors with opioids in cancer and palliative care services: a priority setting report." Supportive Care in Cancer. 26 (10), pp. 3315-3318. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-018-4231-0
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Clinicians’ perceptions of medication errors with opioids in cancer and palliative care services: a priority setting report

ERA Journal ID13803
Article CategoryNotes or commentaries
AuthorsHeneka, N., Shaw, T., Azzi, C. and Phillips, J. L.
Journal TitleSupportive Care in Cancer
Journal Citation26 (10), pp. 3315-3318
Number of Pages4
YearOct 2018
PublisherSpringer
Place of PublicationGermany
ISSN0941-4355
1433-7339
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-018-4231-0
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00520-018-4231-0
Abstract

This paper reports the findings of a priority setting process, undertaken with cancer and palliative care clinicians, to better understand the characteristics of medication errors with opioids within their services. Participants representing six public hospitals in one Australian state took part in a series of priority setting workshops and, drawing on actual incidents occurring in their services, sought to identify where in the opioid medication process errors were most frequently occurring. Opioid error types and perceived contributing factors were explored, and strategies to reduce/prevent opioid errors were proposed. The priority setting process provided valuable insights into the types of opioid errors that occur in cancer and palliative care services and the complexity of addressing opioid errors from the clinician’s perspective. The findings from this priority setting process will inform future targeted quality improvement initiatives to support safe opioid medication practices in cancer and palliative care services.

KeywordsAnalgesics; opioid; Cancer care; Medication errors; Palliative care; Patient safety
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420316. Palliative care
420311. Health systems
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Notre Dame Australia
University of Sydney
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Australia
University of Technology Sydney
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