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Basco, William T., Jr.
Institution: Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
Project Description: This grant has been completed. The research evaluated the frequencies, types, and patterns of ambulatory medication prescribing errors in children. There were four aims:
Career Goals:Dr. Basco is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Faculty in the College of Graduate Studies at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. He received his MD from Louisiana State University and did his residency in Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital at MUSC. This was followed by a fellowship in General Pediatric Academic Development at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He will complete the Master of Science in Clinical Research Program during his K training. Dr. Basco would like to position himself to be an independent researcher helping to transform U.S. medical education by defining educational success using patient-centered outcomes.
Progress to Date: Among the LASA drug pairs evaluated, there were 1,420,091 prescriptions to 173,005 subjects. There were 395 screening alerts generated, representing a screening alert frequency of 0.28 screening alerts per 1,000 prescriptions. Dr. Basco identified 43 true LASA errors. In the dataset, the overall LASA error rate was estimated to be approximately 0.00003% or 0.03 LASA errors per 1,000 prescriptions. Dosing errors for narcotic-containing preparations occurred in 5% of all prescriptions to children 0-3 years old.
Highlights and Specific Accomplishments:
Basco WT, Ebeling M, Hulsey TC, Simpson K. Using pharmacy data to screen for look-alike, sound-alike substitution errors in pediatric prescriptions. Academic Pediatrics 2010. 10:233-37.
Roberts JR, Kennedy SA, Darden PM, Basco WT Jr. Prevalence of overweight in children: Comparing children from the South Carolina pediatric practice research network to a national sample. Clinical Pediatrics 2010. 49(8):750-55.
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