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ID 21472
  Title Could chiropractors screen for adverse drug events in the community? Survey of US chiropractors
URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2993723/
Journal Chiropr & Osteopat. 2010 ;18(30):Online access only 28 p
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Abstract/Notes Background: The "Put Prevention into Practice" campaign of the US Public Health Service (USPHS) was launched with the dissemination of the Clinician's Handbook of Preventive Services that recommended standards of clinical care for various prevention activities, including preventive clinical strategies to reduce the risk of adverse drug events. We explored whether nonprescribing clinicians such as chiropractors may contribute to advancing drug safety initiatives by identifying potential adverse drug events in their chiropractic patients, and by bringing suspected adverse drug events to the attention of the prescribing clinicians.

Methods: Mail survey of US chiropractors about their detection of potential adverse drug events in their chiropractic patients.

Results: Over half of responding chiropractors (62%) reported having identified a suspected adverse drug event occurring in one of their chiropractic patients. The severity of suspected drug-related events detected ranged from mild to severe.

Conclusions: Chiropractors or other nonprescribing clinicians may be in a position to detect potential adverse drug events in the community. These detection and reporting mechanisms should be standardized and policies related to clinical case management of suspected adverse drug events occurring in their patients should be developed.

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