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Administration of drugs
An audit found that more than one in 10 patients prescribed antimicrobials missed at least one dose and examined the reasons why medication was delayed or missed
Nurses’ prescribing behaviour at a mental health trust was compared with that of their medical mentors to assess similarities and differences
A Cochrane review explored the evidence for brief interventions undertaken in schools to reduce substance misuse and other problematic behavioural outcomes for adolescents who use substances.
An expert cystic fibrosis patient questioned the timing of his drug administration, which led him to propose a new, more effective schedule for the entire ward.
Compliance and concordance
Patients may miss difficult-asthma clinic appointments for several reasons; a study examined whether telephoning those who did not turn up improved future attendance
The review was undertaken to establish the effect of cholinesterase inhibitors on people with mild cognitive impairment. There is little evidence that the treatment modifies disease progression to dementia
NICE drugs guidance
New evidence from randomised controlled trials on cardiovascular and gastrointestinal risks of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs reinforces the need to review all patients taking such medication