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Slide Presentation of the 2007 Annual Meeting of AHRQ

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Variation in Frequency of Updating Medication List with Patient

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Variation in frequency of updating medication list with patients graphed for 6 unidentified physician software vendors. Results are approximate values.

Users were asked about frequency of updating medication list with patients. Overall, about 38% always updated, 17% most/all of the time, 20% sometimes, and 25% never. The extent to which physicians updated medication list with patients varied by software product used. For Vendor B, almost 90% always updated medication list with patient versus only 15% for Vendor E.


The extent to which physicians use medication history at baseline varied by software product used. Vendor C 61% ALWAYS viewed med history, vs. only 15% of Vendor D. This is likely a function of ease of access—we will be trying to link characteristics of the software to these data to understand how technology can be integrated to help docs use it.
Vendor E had only one respondent. So—be leery.

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