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Adverse drug reaction reporting by nurses in Sweden
University Hospital of Umeå.
University Hospital, Lund.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4550-4598
University Hospital of Umeå.
2007 (English)In: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, ISSN 0031-6970, E-ISSN 1432-1041, Vol. 63, p. 613-618Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIM: To investigate whether nurses could be a useful tool for improving the reporting rate of adverse drug reactions (ADRs). Furthermore, we wanted to study how physicians working at the study departments would respond to nurses as reporters of ADRs and if the reporting from the nurses affected the reporting rate from the physicians.

METHOD: Three departments of internal medicine and one unit for orthopaedics were selected for the study. Nurses with special drug responsibilities were invited to participate. At the start of the study period, the nurses received an introduction with background, objective, method and other practical issues concerning the study. After this, an education programme about ADR reporting, definitions, and ADR classification according to mechanism and organ system was given. To study their knowledge about and attitude towards ADRs, a questionnaire was handed out to the nurses. A questionnaire was also handed out to all physicians at the participating departments in order to investigate their attitude towards nurses as reporters of ADRs.

RESULTS: Fifty-four nurses participated in the study. During the study period, a total number of 23 reports with 39 ADRs were sent to the regional centres by the nurses. Seventeen (74%) of the reports were assessed as serious. Eight of the 39 ADRs were unlabelled and all reports were considered appropriate. The reporting rate from the physicians during the study period was similar to the previous year, indicating that the nurses contributed with additional reports. At the end of the study, the nurses thought that they had enough knowledge to report ADRs. Sixty-eight percent of the physicians did not object to nurses being included as reporters of suspected ADRs.

CONCLUSION: Adverse drug reaction reporting by nurses could improve the overall safety of drugs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: Springer, 2007. Vol. 63, p. 613-618
Keywords [en]
Attitude of Health Personnel, Nurses
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
Health and Caring Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-26498DOI: 10.1007/s00228-007-0274-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-26498DiVA, id: diva2:628308
Available from: 2013-06-13 Created: 2013-06-13 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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1. Pharmacovigilance: spontaneous reporting in health care
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Pharmacovigilance: spontaneous reporting in health care
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Pharmacovigilance in healthcare is essential for safe drug treatment. Spontaneous reporting is the most common source of information in the context of implementing label changes and taking a drug off the market. However, underreporting is found to be very prevalent. One way to decrease underreporting is to include different categories of healthcare professionals in such reporting and to investigate attitudes towards and incentives for reporting adverse drug reaction (ADR)s.

As nurses form the largest group of health professionals, a sample of nurses were allowed and encouraged to report ADR during a 12 month period after they had received training in pharmacovigilance. A questionnaire posted to physicians and nurses investigated their knowledge and attitudes towards reporting. Spontaneous reports of torsade de pointes (TdP) and erectile dysfunction (ED) were scrutinized with respect to the reported drugs, risk factors and if the reaction was listed in the summary of product characteristics (SPC).

After training, the nurses produced relevant reports and three years after the introduction of nurses in the reporting scheme, more than half of the responding nurses were aware of their role as reporters. Both nurses and physicians stated that the most important factor for reporting a suspected ADR was the severity of the ADR and an ADR arising in response to a newly approved drug. A web-based reporting system was deemed to facilitate the reporting. In spontaneous reports of TdP, citalopram was reported as a suspected drug. However, neither QT prolongations, nor TdP, were labelled in the SPC. ED was reported for all antihypertensive drugs including angiotensin II type I blockers. A positive information component (IC), assessing the disproportionality between the observed and the expected number of reports, was found indicating that ED was reported more often in association with antihypertensive drug classes, except for angiotensinconverting enzyme inhibitors.

This thesis demonstrates the importance of pharmacoviglilance in healthcare in terms of capturing new signals. By including nurses as reporters, the overall safety of drugs might improve. Information and education are needed to secure safe treatment when applying drugs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linnaeus University Press, 2013. p. 56
Series
Linnaeus University Dissertations ; 132/2013
Keywords
Pharmacovigilance, adverse drug reaction, spontaneous reporting, nurses, physicians, attitudes, torsades de pointes, erectile dysfunction
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Natural Science, Biomedical Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-26820 (URN)978-91-87427-24-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-05-08, N2007, Smålandsgatan 26a, Kalmar, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2013-06-19 Created: 2013-06-19 Last updated: 2017-05-30Bibliographically approved

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