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Table 4 Prescription error

From: Assessment of prescription pattern and prescription error in outpatient Department at Tertiary Care District Hospital, Central Nepal

Types of Errors Number of errors (Percentage) Average error per prescription
Errors of omission related to prescriber (n = 770)
Patient name not mentioned 0 (0%) 0
Age not mentioned 5 (0.6%) 0
Prescription date not mentioned 6 (0.8%) 0
Prescriber name not mentioned 674 (87.5%) 0.9
Prescriber signature not mentioned 148 (19.2%) 0.2
Department not mentioned 0 (0%) 0
Diagnosis not mentioned 302 (39.2%) 0.4
Total Error 1135 1.5
Errors of omission related to drugs per total medicine dispensed (n = 2448) and per prescription (n = 770)
Dose not mentioned 798 (32.6%) 1.0
Frequency not mentioned 27 (1.1%) 0
Dosage form not mentioned 110 (4.5%) 0.1
Quantity to supply not mentioned 254 (10.4%) 0.3
Total Error 1189 1.5
Errors of commission per total medicine dispensed (n = 2448) and per prescription (n = 770)
Wrong strength 11 (0.5%) 0
Wrong drug name (not spelling) 4 (0.2%) 0
Wrong Dosage form 5 (0.2%) 0
Drug-drug Interaction 249 (10.2%) 0.3
Total Error 269 0.3