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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Nursing home physicians who use mobile devices with drug reference software believe they are helpful for preventing adverse drug events (ADEs), according to a study published online Oct. 4 in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.
Steven M. Handler, M.D., Ph.D., from University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues surveyed physicians attending the 2010 American Medical Directors Association Annual Symposium about their use of mobile devices as well as their beliefs about the effectiveness of drug reference software in preventing ADEs.
The researchers found that, of the 558 respondents, 42 percent used mobile devices to assist with prescribing in the nursing home. There was a 67 percent higher likelihood of using a mobile device among physicians with 15 years or less of clinical experience compared to those with more than 15 years of clinical experience (odds ratio, 1.68). Of those using mobile technology for prescribing, almost all (98 percent) reported performing an average of one or more drug look-ups per day and performed an average of one to two look-ups per day for potential drug-drug interactions. Most (88 percent) believed that drug reference software had helped to prevent at least one potential ADE in the preceding four-week period.
"The proportion of nursing home physicians who use mobile devices with drug reference software, although significant, is lower than in other clinical environments," the authors write.
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