An analysis of emergency department visits for outpatient adverse drug events
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Outpatient adverse drug events have caught recent national attention. Many patients in ambulatory care settings have complex medication regimens with less monitoring compared to hospitalized patients. The purpose of this national public health surveillance project was threefold: 1) to describe emergency department (ED) visits for adverse drug events in 2013-2014, 2) to compare the results to those obtained in 2005-2006, and 3) to better understand and promote outpatient medication safety initiatives.
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