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Table 1 Feedback from respondents on drug use evaluation methodology

From: Implementation and evaluation of a multisite drug usage evaluation program across Australian hospitals - a quality improvement initiative

Theme Examples of comments
Better prescribing Improved analgesic prescribing by JMOs [Junior Medical Officers].
Improved and better documentation 'Increase in documentation of pain scores at rest and movement due to a change in hospital paper work.'
'Audits allow for identification of specific weaknesses in a process e.g. the lack of a pain score in the patient observation chart. It is these system changes that have the most lasting effects'
Improvement at discharge for patients 'Improved patient information process to understand analgesics prescribed at discharge'
Use of benchmarking for improvement 'It was great to have local data for feedback'
Patient education/counselling 'Improved provision of information to patients.'