Risk factors for unintentional medication discrepancies at hospital admission: A matched case-control study

Published: 10 February 2017
Author(s): Carina Carvalho Silvestre, Lincoln Marques Cavalcante Santos, Rafaella de Oliveira Santos Silva, Genival Araújo dos Santos Jr, Sabrina Joany Felizardo Neves, Alfredo Dias de Oliveira-Filho, Iza Maria Fraga Lobo, Divaldo Pereira de Lyra Jr
Section: Letter to the Editor

Unintentional medication discrepancies (UMD) are defined as erroneous and unjustified medication changes between the medication use history and the admission medication orders. UMD (e.g., medication omissions, incorrect doses, incorrect frequencies of administration, therapeutic duplications, among others) are distinguished from intentional medication discrepancies in which adjustments guided by the patient's clinical condition are made at the time of admission [1]. Previous studies observed that 14.7% to 66.2% of identified UMD at admission or discharge are able to cause potential damage to patients [1–3].