Background Since the spring of 2010, periodic medicines reviews have been performed by a clinical pharmacist in four cardiology wards at Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby. Any drug-related problems (DRPs) identified have been detected and classified using the Danish DRP database. In the database, the DRPs identified are categorised and grouped according to ATC code and type of drug-related problem; interaction, adverse effect, dosage etc. Subsequent extraction of various reports can provide useful information about trends in DRPs.
Purpose To analyse the DRPs identified by the pharmacist on the cardiology wards at Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, over a two-year period. Secondly, the objective is to demonstrate that the Danish DRP database is a useful tool in analysing data.
Materials and Methods Over a two-year period, DRPs identified by the clinical pharmacist were recorded in the DRP database. Data have been analysed using the reports in the DRP database. 846 medicines reviews were included in the analysis.
Results 846 medicines reviews were conducted and a total of 563 DRPs were identified. The most frequent DRPs were associated with dosage (24%). DRPs classified in the categories time/schedule, interactions and supplement to treatment were also very common. Drugs from ATC code C (26%), A (17%) and N (19%) were most often involved in a DRP.
Conclusions The examination of data from medicines reviews of 846 patients has identified trends in DRPs on the cardiology wards. The Danish DRP database proved to be a useful tool in the analysis.
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