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Work Domain Analysis for understanding medication safety in care homes in England: an exploratory study

Lim, R., Anderson, J. E. and Buckle, P. W. (2016) Work Domain Analysis for understanding medication safety in care homes in England: an exploratory study. Ergonomics, 59 (1). pp. 15-26. ISSN 0014-0139

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2015.1057542

Abstract/Summary

Medication safety and errors are a major concern in care homes. In addition to the identification of incidents, there is a need for a comprehensive system description to avoid the danger of introducing interventions that have unintended consequences and are therefore unsustainable. The aim of the study was to explore the impact and uniqueness of Work Domain Analysis (WDA) to facilitate an in-depth understanding of medication safety problems within the care home system and identify the potential benefits of WDA to design safety interventions to improve medication safety. A comprehensive, systematic and contextual overview of the care home medication system was developed for the first time. The novel use of the Abstraction Hierarchy (AH) to analyse medication errors revealed the value of the AH to guide a comprehensive analysis of errors and generate system improvement recommendations that took into account the contextual information of the wider system.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > School of Pharmacy > Pharmacy Practice Research Group
ID Code:40473
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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