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The Effect of Regimen Frequency Simplification on Provider Order Generation: A Quasi-Experimental Study in a Korean Hospital

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Department of Pharmacy, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam-si 13620, Korea
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College of Pharmacy & Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(8), 4086; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084086
Received: 3 March 2021 / Revised: 31 March 2021 / Accepted: 9 April 2021 / Published: 13 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Health Care Sciences & Services)
The multiplicity of dosing frequencies that are attached to medication orders poses a challenge to patients regarding adhering to their medication regimens and healthcare professionals in maximizing the efficiencies of health care service delivery. A multidisciplinary team project was performed to simplify medication regimens to improve the computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system to reduce the dosing frequencies for patients who were discharged from the hospital. A 36-month pre-test–post-test study was performed, including 12-month pre-intervention, 12-month intervention, and 12-month post-intervention periods. Two-pronged strategies, including regimen standardization and prioritization, were devised to evaluate the dosing frequencies and prescribing efficiency. The results showed that the standardized menu reduced the dosing frequencies from 4.3 ± 2.2 per day in the pre-intervention period to 3.5 ± 1.8 per day in the post-intervention period (p < 0.001). In addition, the proportion of patients taking medications five or more times per day decreased from 40.8% to 20.7% (p < 0.001). After prioritizing the CPOE dosing regimen, the number of pull-down options that were available reflected an improvement in the prescribing efficiency. Our findings indicate that concerted efforts in improving even a simple change on the CPOE screen via standardization and prioritization simplified the dosing frequencies for patients and improved the physicians’ prescribing process. View Full-Text
Keywords: dosing frequency; medication regimen simplification; health information systems; medical order entry systems dosing frequency; medication regimen simplification; health information systems; medical order entry systems
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Cho, J.; Shin, S.; Jeong, Y.M.; Lee, E.; Lee, E. The Effect of Regimen Frequency Simplification on Provider Order Generation: A Quasi-Experimental Study in a Korean Hospital. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 4086. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084086

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Cho J, Shin S, Jeong YM, Lee E, Lee E. The Effect of Regimen Frequency Simplification on Provider Order Generation: A Quasi-Experimental Study in a Korean Hospital. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(8):4086. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084086

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Cho, Jungwon, Sangmi Shin, Young M. Jeong, Eunsook Lee, and Euni Lee. 2021. "The Effect of Regimen Frequency Simplification on Provider Order Generation: A Quasi-Experimental Study in a Korean Hospital" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 8: 4086. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084086

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